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Newsletter 5.12

Community Schools Online

YMCA National Magazine Highlights Community Schools

July 8, 2008 Vol. V, No. 12

In This Issue

 

Coalition Update: Report to the Field
Call for Community Schools Research
What’s going on in your Community Schools?
Richard Riley Awards

In the News
YMCA National Magazine Highlights Community Schools
Economic Policy Institute announces “A Broad, Bolder Approach to Education”
New Center Opened for Family, School and Community Partnerships in Evansville, IN
Full Service Community School Fulfills its Promise
Student Engagement – Democracy in Action at Hudson High School
Enterprise Foundation Says that Community revitalization Needs to be School Centered


Research, Publications, and Tools
A Primer on Public Engagement
Dropout Prevention Summit Planning Guide
Center for Social and Emotional Education Newsletter
Putting It All Together: Guiding Principles for Quality After-School Programs Serving Preteens
Connecting Families, Schools, and Community Resources

Events and Opportunities
Annenberg Institute Director positions openings
Take Award-winning author’s, Dave Eggers, public school challenge!

Coalition Update: Report to the Field


The Coalition still needs your data
We are continuing to update our research on community schools. We plan to issue research synthesis in the Fall of 2008, so we are ready for a new Congress and a new President.   Please share local evaluation data you have with us. Please email them to Reuben Jacobson (jacobsonr@iel.org), our research fellow. Thanks in advance!

What’s going on in your Community Schools?
Are your community schools in the news? The Coalition wants to know when your community schools receive any media attention. This will help improve our website and make it more relevant to your needs! Please forward any clips, web links, photographs, and/or other supporting materials to us, so that we can document activities across the country. We will also use this information to make our case in the new Congress. Please forward materials to Shital Shah at shahs@iel.org.

Richard Riley Award
The American Architectural Foundation, in partnership with KnowledgeWorks Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2008 Richard Riley Award. The winning school will receive a $10,000 prize and representatives will be invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony where former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley will present the award.

This annual award recognizes design and educational excellence in “schools as centers of community." Sometimes referred to as “community learning centers,” schools that serve as centers of community provide a rich array of social, civic, recreational and artistic opportunities to the broader community and to students, often clustering educational and municipal buildings together. These additional services and opportunities can improve student achievement and help maximize local tax dollars. All public schools, new and old, including charter schools, are eligible to submit entries for the award.

Entries will be accepted online through July 25th. Visit http://www.richardrileyaward.org for more information.

 

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In the News


YMCA National Magazine Highlights Community Schools
Local YMCAs are organizing community schools around the country using the assets of entire communities to better prepare their children and families for success. “Beyond the Basics” highlights community schools, showing the positive results that such an approach produces. The first YMCA community school, Stevenson YMCA in Long Beach, was created 10 years ago. Read more about Stevenson and other YMCA community schools here.

"A Broad, Bolder Approach to Education" More Sound Than “No Child Left Behind”
The Economic Policy Institute recently released “A Broad, Bolder Approach to Education,” which promotes high quality early-childhood programs and preschool, after-school and summer opportunities. Click here to read Paul Houston’s (Executive Director of the American Association of School Administrators) response to “A Broad, Bolder Approach to Education”. Mr. Houston states that the agenda put forth by the Economic Policy Institute is sound because it is based in research AND that someone is finally saying that poverty matters. A). Click here to read the ESEA.

A Full-Service School Fulfills Its Promise
Education Leadership Magazine highlights the Thomas Edison Elementary School, a school in our Local Community School Network. Principal Eileen Santiago and Joanne Ferrara from Manhattanville College discuss how Thomas Edison works with local partners to provide comprehensive services to their students, and raise student achievement. Click here to read the article.

New Center for Family, School and Community Partnerships in Evansville, IN
The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC)’s and Old National Bank’s announced that EVSC will open a new Center for Family, School and Community Partnerships. The Center is one of the core initiatives of the EVSC’s Strategic Plan. “Engaging families and the community in the educational process is essential to student success," said EVSC Superintendent Vince Bertram. “This Center will be a welcoming, helpful and relevant enterprise where families can get assistance, learn, and better prepare to help their children throughout their time in the EVSC and beyond.” Click here to read the press release.


Student Engagement – Democracy in Action at Hudson High School
Watch the video of how Hudson High School, in Massachusetts, has become a laboratory of democracy, challenging widely held assumptions about how schools can and should operate. In conceiving this new facility, Hudson High School’s desire was “to encourage a sense of community among its occupants after having laid the groundwork for a bold new experiment in school governance in which students have a say in the big and little decisions that make up school life.” The school has a Community Council which is made up of students AND staff. They work together to make decisions, which would otherwise be made just by the principal and other administrators.


Enterprise Foundation says Community Revitalization Needs to be School Centered
“The Community Developers’ Guide to Improving Schools in Revitalizing Neighborhoods", argues that suggests that despite obvious linkages between the health of neighborhoods and the quality of the local schools, community revitalization efforts usually do not include schools. The report shows that this is beginning to change. It demonstrates in cities all over the United States those developers, foundations, and other investors who are committed to neighborhood revitalization and have made school improvement part of their agenda in the past 15 years. Is your community building school as centers of community?

 

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Research, Publications and Tools


A Primer on Public Engagement
Click here to read the new Public Engagement Primer from Public Agenda. It is a valuable resource for those trying to better understand what public engagement is all about, and for those trying to explain it. In a few short pages, the Primer explains how public engagement helps create civic capacity for public problem solving, offers 10 core principles of effective public engagement and describes a few examples of key practices and strategies.

Dropout Prevention Summit Planning Guide
The Coalition’s partner, The America's Promise Alliance will support 50 state and at least 50 city Dropout Prevention Summits to be held by 2010. The purposes of the Dropout Prevention Summits are many, but the primary intention is to increase public awareness of the nation's dropout and college-readiness crisis. This guide asks and answers three questions:

  • Why focus on high school graduation?
  • Why focus on summits?
  • Why create a specific action plan to reduce the dropout rate?

Community schools are the right antidote to the dropout problem. Advocates should be present at the summits to make the case.

Center for Social and Emotional Education Newsletter
Click here to read our partner’s, Center for Social Emotional Education, most recent newsletter. Learn of new effective bullying prevention strategies, as well as sign up for their upcoming summer institute (“Creating the Foundation for Positive Youth Development & Student Achievement”) which will focus on promoting safe and civil K-12 schools.


Putting It All Together: Guiding Principles for Quality After-School Programs Serving Preteens
Click here to read a new publication from Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, which highlights strategies for youth engagement, supportive relationships, and family engagement in attracting young people to activities and the infrastructure needed to support such activities.


Connecting Families, Schools, and Community Resources
The Family Strengthening Policy Center makes the case that schools have the opportunity to serve the broader needs of families and communities by connecting families with needed resources, supports, and services. This brief reviews the use of schools as a year-round hub for human service agencies offering a range of supports and opportunities for families. It also outlines what it would take to make school-linked services available in a greater number of communities.

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Events and Opportunities


Annenberg Institute Director positions openings
Click here for the following job descriptions: Director of Strategic Communications and Technology, Director for Finance and Administration, and Director of Research and Development.

Take the Public School Challenge!
Author Dave Eggers has put out a challenge on his website: “Once Upon a School”, to support public schools. The challenge is to design and implement a new and innovative project for local public school students. Collaborate with a dynamic teacher or school to determine the best use of your skills and passion. There are no limitations to what is possible. The deadline is October 31, 2008. The set goal is 1000 stories in 1 year. So far, the site has received 73 stories. Click here to take the challenge and read some stories!

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