Coalition for Community Schools - Because Every Child Deserves Every Chance

Newsletter 5.13

Community Schools Online

New American Federation of Teachers President Calls for Community Schools

July 29, 2008 Vol. V, No. 13

In This Issue

 

Coalition Update: Report to the Field
New AFT President Advocates for Community Schools
Supporting Student Success through the Mental Health Services Act: The Community Schools Approach
Call for Community Schools Research
What’s going on in your Community School?

In the News
Massachusetts Governor Proposes Sweeping Education Reforms
Putting Parents & Communities Front & Center
School Health Centers Bring Services to Students
Offering Rent Support to Decrease Student Turnover
Kansas City Initiative Aims to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect


Research, Publications, and Tools
PEN Civic Index
Engaging the Community to Create Safer Schools and Communities
Extended Learning Time Could Increase Family Engagement
Revitalizing Arts Education through Community-wide Coordination
“Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed”

Events and Opportunities
PEN 2008 Annual Conference
Coalition Allies and Partners Grant Tracking Systems
Program Director position, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

 

Coalition Update: Report to the Field


New AFT President Advocates for Community Schools
Click here to view her speech during which she champions for community schools.


Supporting Student Success through the Mental Health Services Act: The Community Schools Approach
The Coalition for Community Schools in collaboration with the Bay Area Partnership for Children and Youth published a policy brief about the California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) and its link to the community schools. It argues that using a community schools approach when working with the MHSA will enable schools and community partners produce the optimum outcomes for their students. Click here to read the policy brief.


Call for Community Schools Research
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.

What’s going on in your Community Schools?
Are your community schools in the news? The Coalition wants to know. Please forward any clips, web links, photographs, and/or other supporting materials to us. This will help improve our website and help us to make our case in the new Congress. Please forward materials to Shital C. Shah, shahs@iel.org.

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In the News


Massachusetts Governor Proposes Sweeping Education Reforms
Gov. Deval Patrick (D) of Massachusetts has put forth a 55-point plan for far-reaching education reforms ranging from early-childhood programs to the state's universities which echoes dimensions of the community schools approach. Key elements include: the lengthening the school day and year, along with making sure there is a designated coordinator to guide children and families to needed community services. Click here to read the full proposal.

 

Putting Parents & Communities Front & Center
In his latest podcast, National Education Association’s Joel Packer interviews Wendy Puriefoy, president of the Public Education Network regarding a new report from the Forum on Education and Democracy, which calls for community schools. The report sets out a Marshall Plan for education -- including more investment in teachers and research, and a greater emphasis on engaging parents and educating communities. Click here to listen to the podcast.

 

School Health Centers Bring Services to Students
Around the nation, school based health centers – a component of community schools in some places -- are growing. Over 1 million students are served by these health centers, yearly. According to the National Assembly on School Based Health Centers, when kids are healthy they are more likely to perform better in school. Click here to read more.

 

Offering Rent Support to Decrease Student Turnover
The Michigan State Department of Human Services is hoping to keep students in school by offering support to their children’s families. They are beginning a pilot, in which they offer parents up to $100 a month in rent subsidies. The goal is to decrease the rate of mobility, with a little bit of financial support; this support will give the students a chance of constancy in their education. Click here to read more.


Kansas City Initiative Aims to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
The Local Investment Corporation, based in Kansas City, is working with the Independence School District on The Child Welfare Initiative in which district social workers provide training and other support to families at risk of child abuse and neglect. This is the first time that a school district has contracted with the State to provide preventive services using child welfare dollars. Launched four years ago after three Independence children were killed by child abuse in an 18-month period, the initiative just-completed evaluation of the pilot’s first year. It concluded that services by school-based social workers seem to have cut the rate of abuse and neglect in half – evidence that a comprehensive school approach can produce positive outcomes. Click here to read more.

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Research, Publications and Tools


Public Education Network (PEN) Launches "Civic Index for Quality Public Education”
The Coalition’s partner, PEN, released a national poll and a groundbreaking "Civic Index for Quality Public Education" which has shed new light on the public's views on school progress, politicians' commitment to education, and the strength of community commitment to helping improve education.

Engaging the Community to Create Safer Schools and Communities
The Creating Safer Schools and Communities series has five newly revised guidebooks for key components of creating safe and positive schools. In addition it provides resources, tools, and guidance for involving the community in supporting students of all ages. The series was put together by t he Hamilton Fish Institute and NWREL (with funding from the USDOJ).  For information about the entire series, see http://www.hamfish.org.

Extended Learning Time Could Increase Family Engagement
The Collaborative for Building After -School Systems (CBASS) has published a report, More Time for Learning: ELT Initiatives & Enrichment Opportunities, which points out that for students to learn more they need more time to reach those expectations. CBASS is exploring the idea of Expanded Learning Time (ELT) as a way to solidify the connections between school and after-school systems by placing an emphasis on family engagement through offering programming such as ESL classes and other social services.


Revitalizing Arts Education through Community-wide Coordination
Commissioned by The Wallace Foundation and conducted by the RAND Corporation, the study Revitalizing Arts Education Through Community-Wide Coordination reports that early student engagement with the arts is the key driver of participation in later life. The study was commissioned to uncover the strengths and challenges of coordinated approaches by the schools, arts organizations, community-based organizations, and community leaders to strengthen arts learning for young people.

“Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed”
This new book focuses on the pressing need for educators and community groups to collaborate in motivating youngsters to achieve.  It shares vital lessons, vivid examples of parent and community engagement activities, along with practical guidance drawn from various sources, most notably the Campaign for African-American Achievement. Click here for more details.

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Events and Opportunities


PEN 2008 Annual Conference
The conference will take place from November 16-18, 2008, at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, in San Francisco. The conference, which will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the first local education funds, will focus on the education imperative of extending the reach of high quality learning. Click here to register.

 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) announces their “Outstanding Young Educator Award”
ASCD is seeking young professional educators who:

  • Educate the whole child, helping to ensure each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
  • Demonstrate educational leadership in their school, district, and community.       
  • Show a positive impact on student achievement.
  • Illustrate significant contributions to the education community.

If you know someone who fits this description, nominate them here. Deadline: August 1, 2008.

 

Coalition Allies and Partners Grant Tracking Systems
For up-to-date funding opportunities, please bookmark our partners’ websites and/or sign up for their newsletters:

 

Program Director position, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
The CASEL Program Director will be a senior-level, inspirational, and visionary manager responsible for the development and oversight of CASEL’s Program Department, which is charged with guiding districts, states and countries to systematically and broadly implement and sustain evidence-based SEL programming. Click here for more details. DEADLINE: August 25, 2008.

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