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November Newsletter

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 Vol. XII - Issue 11 - November 2015

In This Issue

Conversation With Dr. Steve Webb and Teresa Neal: Superintendent's Leadership Council Co-Chairs

This month, Coalition director Martin Blank spoke to the new co-chairs of the The Coalition and AASA’s Superintendents Leadership Council, Dr. Steve Webb of Vancouver Public Schools and Teresa Neal of Grand Rapids Public Schools, on their work as superintendents in districts that have embraced the community schools strategy. Learn how they’ve used their position to continue the growth of the community schools movement. Read More >

Thanksgiving Serves Up ESEA


Thanksgiving looks like it may bring a pretty good result in ESEA for community schools. This latest Education Week article adds to what we already know about the bill that appears on the verge of passing Congress. We believe this new legislation, coming at a time of growing attention to community schools, offers a unique opportunity for our field, and gives all of us a significant responsibility. We’ll update you shortly. We are thankful for all you have contributed in the past and will do in the future.  - The Coalition Team

Over 100 People Come Out to Support D.C. Community Schools

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On November 17, approximately 100 people came out to support D.C. community schools for an event the Coalition co-hosted to raise awareness and support for the expansion of D.C. community schools, which now number 20. The event, co-hosted by the Coalition, Washington Teachers Union, Latin American Youth Center, Communities in Schools of the Nation’s Capital, and D.C. Education Coalition for Change, featured a panel of stakeholders sharing why they support community schools. Read More >

Early Bird Special: Register Now For The Forum

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Register now before December 31. 

Education and community leaders and practitioners are flocking to Albuquerque to engage with equity issues, discuss policy implications, and visit community school sites. Share expertise, gain practical knowledge and tools, and participate in the community schools professional network at the Community Schools National Forum- at a discount.

Save $40 with early registration. The early bird gets the deal.

See you in Albuquerque and Happy Thanksgiving!

Opportunities and Resources


Now Accepting Workshop Proposals for the 2016 National FCE Conference:

As a leader, partner and practitioner in the field, IEL’s Family Community Engagement team invites you to submit a workshop proposal for Owning Our Movement, Maximizing Our Impact. The FCE team is looking for engaging and interactive workshops that will enhance the work of multiple stakeholders.  Please submit your proposal by Friday, December 18, 2015 - new extended deadline. View Supplementary Information for more information and contact Sarah Grunberger with any questions.

New NCWD/Youth Publications

NCWD/Youth has released two new guides this fall. Making My Way through College is aimed at helping students, with a focus on students with disabilities, navigate post-secondary education. Designing Statewide Career Development Strategies & Programs is designed to support states in their efforts to increase college and career readiness among all youth, including youth with disabilities.

Sign the WHO Statement for the Integration of Health and Education

ASCD and the International School Health Network are asking individuals and organizations to sign on to the World Health Organization’s Global School Health Statement. Join the Coalition and 50+ others in supporting the integration of health into education programs by emailing ASCD.


The Coalition for Community School Excellence Launches in NYC

Last month community and education leaders formed a new group to advocate for the community schools initiative and advise the New York City Department for Education. They are calling for Mayor de Blasio to formalize community school policies, but tight improvement deadlines and a lack of focus on academic achievement worry some Coalition members. Read More >

Mayor-Elect Kenney, Council President Clarke Make Joint Commitment to Community Schools

After a trip to Cincinnati, where 55 of its schools are Community Learning Centers, Philadelphia Mayor-Elect Kenney restated his commitment to expanding the community schools movement throughout Philadelphia in order to ensure their students succeed. Read More >

What It Takes To Disentangle a Child From Poverty’s Barriers

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, states that dedicated teachers are not enough to turn around school systems. In this op-ed, Baraka announces Newark's commitment to community schools and describes how the strategy will break down barriers that affect Newark's students' education. Read More >


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