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25 Iroquois Community School Students Inducted Into National Junior Honor Society

Last month, 25 students from Iroquois Community School in Des Plaines became members of the Paul W. Jung National Junior Honor Society chapter. According to the organization, students must display excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship in order to be inducted into the chapter. A minimum 3.6 GPA, volunteer experience and leadership experience are required to become eligible. Read More >

Telos Commits $25K to Expand Community Schools Initiative

Telos Corporation in Ashburn has donated $25,000 to help expand the Community School Initiative to all six Loudoun County Title 1 schools. The CSI program is spearheaded by 100WomenStrong in partnership with the Loudoun Education Foundation. Read More >

Ellendale selected as Full Service Community School pilot school

Ellendale Public School will have access to about $100,000 in funding over the next four years as it becomes one of three pilot schools for a program aimed at creating full-service community schools. Read More >

Portland school promotes reading with 'Teddy Talks'

In a novel approach to getting students more excited about reading, the East End Community School has introduced a new initiative called Teddy Talks. At least once a week, the school plans to upload a video of staff or members of the community reading a book aloud, which students can then access online anytime, anywhere and however many times they like. Read More >

Warren Calls For More Community Schools During SOTC Speech

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren called for big changes in the Rochester City School District during her 2019 State of the City address. "This model of merging academic and social supports for families is working at every school that deploys these pillars of hope," Warren said. Read More >

Families find support at Madison's community schools

More than two and a half years into the Madison School District's launch of "community schools," there are signs that students and parents are benefiting from the expanded array of services the schools provide. Read More >

The case for community schools

When Pueblo City Schools (D60) teachers ended their historic strike last year, school board president Barb Clementi had this to say: “Today marks the start of a new beginning through which we can work together to benefit all students and move forward with budgeting and bargaining cycles that will allow us to build the truly collaborative partnership we all need and want.” Read More >

Community Schools advocates praise new Colorado law

Advocates for Community Schools, including the local teachers union and the Pueblo Education Coalition, received a boost last week when Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 102 into law. Although neither the district nor the D60 board responded to a request for comment, during a February meeting, board member Dennis Maes and Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso offered their beliefs that Risley — which benefits from a network of partnerships and collaborations — is already meeting the requirements of a Community School. Read More >

Op-Ed: Community Schools Could Become Hubs for Delivering Resources

Schools could be made a focal point for getting critical resources, including social services, to students and their families. Among the successful strategies that have fostered educational equity over the past century are “community schools.” Community schools are emerging again, this time as a promising approach to two critical policy issues in our state: school desegregation and school consolidation. Read More >

For a strong future, all Minnesota students deserve excellent education opportunities

Minnesotans have made clear to us how much they value strong funding for our K-12 classrooms. A three percent per-pupil increase the first year and two percent the second year of the budget will help position schools to build a great future for all students, no matter where they live in the state. It’s critical to encourage our next generation of Minnesotans to develop passions and ambitiously aspire to reach their hopes and dreams. Read More >

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