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Cherryland Elementary - Hayward, California: Helping Children and Staff Cope with Trauma Through Partnerships

As the bus approached Cherryland Elementary School, members of the Community Schools Leadership Network were greeted by a swarm of staff members wearing red and white cougar hats and jackets. Students waved enthusiastically, excited to see the new faces. Read More >

Oakland High School Community School Partnerships Create a Culture of Health

The Tibetan Singing Bowl calmed the group from the Community Schools Leadership Network Retreat, who selected to take the Oakland High School (OHS) site visit on October 24, 2016. The meditation leader, Senior, Terrilyn Williams, successfully used the mindfulness practice to calm the CSLN visitors. The meditation exercise is routinely used at OHS Public Health Academy as a stress reduction technique. Read More >

Community schools formally added to Baltimore schools portfolio

The Baltimore city school board approved a policy on October 24, 2016 that will formally add "community schools" which for years have been providing intensive wraparound services to city students – to the district's portfolio. The policy, which advocates have championed for years, creates a definition of the model and a framework for how they should run in the city. The policy also codifies the formal application process to operate under the designation and sets up a citywide steering committee Read More >

“Implementing the Community Schools Approach as a Turnaround Strategy”

The community school approach at John Neely Bryan Elementary school is bringing together community members and partnering to provide resources to the school. Supporters of the model are impressed and agree that there has been a huge improvement since implementing it. For a school that has been struggling academically, the community school model has enabled a turnaround strategy. Read More >

Can Community Schools Alleviate the Challenges of School Schedules on Working Parents?

The Center for American Progress analyzed the ways school schedules make it difficult for parents to balance being a committed parent and committed worker. The research found that misaligned school schedules cost the economy a lot of money. Some suggestions offered to make school schedules reflect work hours, are to get more funding for a longer school day and implement programs such as university-assisted community schools. Read More >

Erie’s Community School Initiative Continues to Progress

Erie School District’s community school initiative will start this school year. Because teachers need to focus on the curriculum, this initiative will provide social service opportunities for students outside of school hours. Students will now be able to get help for their outside needs with the assistance of 5 lead partners that will provide these services. Read More >

Despite Challenges, Hope Still High for Turnaround Workforce at Worcester’s Elm Park Community School

Worcester’s Elm Park Community School, a level 4 school, implemented a turnaround program to improve student performance. They have implemented strategies to correct the school academic strategy by helping with the social and emotional wellbeing of the students. With the extended school day and newly introduced yoga and meditation programs, the future is looking bright for this Community school. Read More >

Fort Wayne- Education Leaders Visit Fort Wayne Community Schools

Learning forward brought together organizations funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in order to discuss professional learning.The Redesign PD Partnership, an organization that implements programs to ensure that teachers and school staff members have professional learning opportunities, visited Fort Wayne Community School to learn about what resources were being provided. The superintendent of the school was very pleased to present their professional learning tools to the partnership. Read More >

NYC Libraries, Google, and Sprint Announce Initiative to Offer Wi-Fi to Community School Students and Families

Carmen Fariña, the Schools Chancellor in New York City, recently announced a program partnering the City’s library systems, Google, and Sprint to offer Wi-Fi for students and families with no internet in their homes. Forty-six library branches across the City will be participating in the Library HotSpot program, all branches are located near Community Schools and will help to provide internet for students and families who need them most. Read More >

NYS – Rochester Experimenting with the Community School Model

In an effort to improve student achievement, School 17 in Rochester, N.Y is adopting the community school model. The Superintendent of the Rochester City School District, Barbara Deane-Williams, and the Principal of School 17, Caterina Leone Mannino, expressed support for the community school model and excitement about new opportunities that the model provides. Read More >

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