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Newsletter 5.9

 

Reflections from the 2008 Community Schools National Forum

May 20, 2008 Vol. V, No. 9

In This Issue

Coalition Update: Report to the Field
National Forum Perspective, by Suzanne Lorinczi
A Few Words from Conference Participants in Portland, OR
Presentations from the 2008 Coalition for Community Schools National Forum
Video: Reflections on the National Forum and Community Schools Movement

In the News
"Community Schools" Strategy as San Pablo, CA Vice-Mayor Re-election Platform
The Lighthouse Project Forays into Community Schools
Thomas Edison ES Demonstrates How Community Schools can Help Lessen the Effects of Poverty

Research, Publications, and Tools
Engaging the entire Community will Help Close the Gap in 3rd Grade Reading Levels
New Report on Federal Progress since "A Nation at Risk"
School-based Oral Health Programs can Reduce and Promote Oral Health
The Annenberg Institute Finds That Organized Communities Lead to Stronger Schools
The Evaluation Exchange Highlights the Importance and Necessity of Partnerships

Events and Opportunities
School of the 21st Century National Conference
Public Hearings on Proposed Title I Regulations
Bank of America Foundation seeks Nominations for Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Awards

 

Coalition Update: Report to the Field

Forum Perspective, written by Suzanne Lorinczi

Read Suzanne Lorinczi’s observations about the Forum. Suzanne is a journalist. Her husband Csaba Lorinczi was part of the International Panel. Csaba is a former principal in Alberta Canada. For the past 15 years he has been integral in the global community schools movement and has worked with C.S. Mott and the Open Society Institute as a Special Advisor in Community Education in Eastern Europe.

Here are some more thoughts from other 2008 Forum participants

"The Coalition for Community Schools’ National Forum was a huge success!  It was extremely well organized; it offered a wide array of informative sessions on a number of community school components; it provided several opportunities to hear noted experts in the field…"

"The networking with other professionals was a fantastic opportunity. The school site visits were invaluable."

"It was educational, inspiring, and engaging. How cool to meet community schools folks from all over the country and the world!"

"We learned a great deal and now feel a part of something much bigger than our little Community School."

 

Presentations from the 2008 Coalition for Community Schools National Forum

In an effort to share knowledge from the 2008 National Forum we will post PowerPoint presentations and handouts on the Coalition’s website. Presentations cover topics ranging from school leadership development to chronic absenteeism in the early grades. Click here to access the materials.

Video: Reflections on the Forum and Community Schools Movement

Click here to view Marty Blank’s (Director of the Coalition for Community Schools) reflections about the 2008 Forum and the global community schools movement. The video was created by our partners at Local Investment Commission (LINC) in Kansas City, MO. We will be posting videos from all plenary sessions in the next few weeks.

 

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In the News

"Community Schools" Strategy as San Pablo, CA Vice-Mayor Re-election Platform

Vice-Mayor McNeil, from San Pablo, CA, announced his commitment to incorporating the community schools approach into his November 2008 re-election platform.

The Lighthouse Project, Forays into Community Schools

The Lighthouse Project, which is a YMCA program, is Pittsburgh’s first venture into community schools. The project stems from Superintendent Mark Roosevelt’s acknowledgement of the need to turn around failing schools. After this pilot site, they may replicate the program in other failing schools. Click here to read the article.

Thomas Edison ES, Demonstrates How Community Schools can Help Lessen the Effects of Poverty

The Thomas Edison Elementary School was highlighted in the April 2008 issue of Educational Leadership. Click here to read more about the importance of full-service community schools and how the strategy improves learning by addressing children’s needs in a holistic manner.

 

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Research, Publications and Tools

Engaging the Entire Community will Help Close the Gap in 3rd Grade Reading Levels

It has been found that "Engaging the entire community" will help narrow the reading gap for 3rd grade reading levels.

Rhonda Lauer, President of Foundations, Inc, a Coalition partner examines 3 inner city elementary schools and puts forth seven strategies for closing the reading gap. One of the strategies they suggest as integral is that of "engaging the entire community," speaking directly the community schools approach. Click here to read the article.

New Report on Progress since "A Nation at Risk"

The report from the Forum for Education and Democracy proposes that "the federal government create a ‘community schools’ model of funding and service provision that enables local schools to become hubs of educational services for children and families." To read more of the report, click here.

School-based Oral Health Programs can Reduce and Promote Oral Health

Research shows that school-based oral health programs can reduce tooth decay and promote oral health education.

Schools of the 21 st Century, a part of Yale University and a Coalition partner has published a new Brief on Dental Care that examines how their approach effectively implements cost-effective and efficient dental care programs. Click here to read the brief.

Organized Communities, Stronger Schools: A Preview of Research Findings

The Annenberg Institute, another Coalition partner, conducted a six year study that found that community organizing helps expand the capacity of urban public schools to support student success by building support for meaningful parent, youth, and community engagement focused on improved student learning. Click here to download the publication.

The Evaluation Exchange Highlights the importance of Partnerships within a Community for Better Child Outcomes.

Click here to read the Spring 2008 issue which shares promising practices around kindergarten transition, local school councils, district partnerships, community strategies, and school-based management. In particular, it underscores the evaluation that is being conducted on the San Mateo County Community Schools Initiative. Here are a few articles written by some of our Coalition partners:

  • "Standards for Success: Linking Families, Schools, and Communities to Support Student Achievement," by Sheri DeBoe Johnson, Director of Programs, National PTA.

  • "Beyond the Bake Sale: How School Districts Can Promote Family Involvement," by Anne T. Henderson, Senior Consultant at the Annenberg Institute and Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

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Events and Opportunities

School of the 21st Century National Conference

This is a leadership and staff development conference for Schools of the 21st Century, Family Resource Centers, School-Age Programs, Community Schools and other school-based family support programs

To register on-line, click here.

 

Public Hearings on Proposed Title I Regulations

On April 23, Secretary Spellings announced the proposed regulations in the Federal Register (click here to read more) a series of upcoming public meetings being held around the country to discuss the proposed changes to regulations for Title I under No Child Left Behind.  The meetings seek comments from the public on the proposed regulations at the following dates, times, and locations:

Monday, May 19, 2008
Sheraton Kansas City Sports Complex Hotel
9103 East 39th Street
Kansas City, MO. 64133
Time: 9 a.m. - noon and 2 - 5 p.m. EST
Meeting Room: Royal Ballroom

Thursday, May 22, 2008
W Hotel
1112 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Time: 9 a.m. - noon and 2 - 5 p.m. EST
Meeting Room: Great Room 1


To read more about the regulations, click here. Issuing regulations that strengthen Title I implementation will help bring about higher-quality assessments and stronger accountability for results, as well as provide parents with the information they need to make informed decisions about public school choice and supplemental educational services. 

 

Bank of America Foundation Seeks Nominations for Neighborhood Excellence Initiative (NEI) Awards

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is currently accepting nominations for these awards. NEI recognizes organizations, individuals, and students who have shown a commitment to improving and revitalizing their communities. Submissions for nonprofit organizations and individuals are due no later than June 27, 2008. For more information, click here.

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