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Newsletter 5.11

Community Schools Online

The Coalition Charged with Creating an Evaluation Toolkit for Community Schools

June 3, 2008 Vol. V, No. 11

In This Issue

“There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace.” - Kofi A. Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations


Coalition Update: Report to the Field
Call for Assistance!

In the News
Video: The Power of “Tellin’ Stories"
Empty Schools in Canada: Are Community Schools the Answer?


Research, Publications, and Tools
Engaged for Success: Service-Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention
Children’s Budget 2008 – a Comprehensive Guide for all Federal Spending on Children
Teachers Unprepared for Diverse Classrooms

Events and Opportunities
Asset Based Community Development Training: September 16-17, 2008 in Sacramento, CA
Urban Teacher Training at the George Washington University

 

Coalition Update: Report to the Field


The Coalition Needs your Help!
We have been given the opportunity to update our current research on community schools. We plan to develop an updated review of the research on community schools. Ideally, the research synthesis will be completed by early Fall 2008, so we are ready for a new Congress and a new President.  In addition to the research, we also plan to develop an evaluation toolkit that can be used by local community school initiatives and individual school sites.

If you have any local information that you can share with us in the areas of: (1) evaluations and (2) the evaluation designs and instruments you used (e.g., surveys), please email them to Reuben Jacobson (jacobsonr@iel.org), our summer research fellow. Reuben is a Ph.D. student in education policy at the University of Maryland.  His research interests are on the features and effectiveness of community schools in meeting the needs of the whole child.  Thanks in advance!

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In the News


The Power of Tellin’ Stories
For centuries, story telling has been the part of many cultures, bringing families and communities together. The National Education Association, a partner of the Coalition for Community Schools, recently produced a 10-minute film about the “Tellin’ Stories” project. Click here to view the video.

Tellin’ Stories, a program of Teaching for Change, believes that parents, schools, and communities all need to take part in the educational process of our children – in order to have the greatest impact. Click here to read more about the project.

Are Community Schools the Answer to the Empty Classrooms in Canada?
Click here to listen to an interview conducted by Cheryl Jackson the host of “Your Voice”, a weekly interactive event geared towards parents of children ages 2 to 12, as she interviews 2 panelists from Ontario to discuss the answers to closing down empty schools. What happens to communities when they lose the hub of their neighborhoods?

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Research, Publications and Tools


Engaged for Success: Service-Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention
This report argues that service learning programs have the potential to make classroom learning more relevant, increase student engagement, and therefore keep students in school longer. Click here to read the report.

Children’s Budget 2008 – a Comprehensive Guide for all Federal Spending on Children
Click here to read First Focus’ publication of Children’s Budget 2008, a comprehensive guide to all federal spending on children and an invaluable resource for all those seeking to improve the lives of America’s youth. This new publication finds that over the past five years, only one penny of every new, real non-defense dollar spent by the federal government has gone to children’s programs.

Teachers Unprepared for Diverse Classrooms
Click here to read a study that Public Agenda and the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality released pointing to two specific areas where teacher training may be lacking, according to rookie teachers in the trenches and fresh from training: preparedness for the diversity of the contemporary American classroom and teaching students with special needs.

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Events and Opportunities


Training Opportunity: September 16-17, 2008 in Sacramento, CA
Attend Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Western Regional "ABCD Into Action" Training - Sacramento, CA September 15-16 with NeighborWorks and Sierra Health. Learn how a community begins to working with a larger group of people, mobilizing the resources that are already available in your communities. Community mobilizing is a key ingredient of the community schools approach. Click here to learn more and register.

Urban Teacher Training at the George Washington University
The Literacy Cooperative program prepares teacher candidates to address the issues of urban teaching and of ensuring high-quality literacy instruction in particular. The teacher candidates participating in this program are placed in year-long internships in DCPS public schools in addition to taking coursework at GWU. The Literacy Cooperative program pays for approximately 75% of the tuition, plus a stipend. In exchange for this support, teacher candidates agree to teach in DCPS for no less than two years after they complete the program.  Scholarships for students beginning in the 2008 cohort are still available.

The Literacy Cooperative program is a joint effort by George Washington University (GWU), the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), and our partners: Teaching for Change, In2Books, Aequus Technologies, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), University of Colorado at Denver's National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI), and the New Teacher Center at the University of California Santa Cruz.

For more information, please visit: http://www.gwu.edu/~litcoop/

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