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October Newsletter 2015


 Vol. XII - Issue 10 - October 2015

In This Issue

Where it All Comes Together: How Partners Connect Communities and Schools 


Community schools were featured in the recent AFT magazine, American Educator. Coalition Director Marty Blank and Steering Committee Chair Lisa Villarreal wrote the lead article,“Where It All Comes Together,” about the importance of community schools as centers of flourishing communities. Also included in this issue of American Educator is a great article about community schools in Austin, TX. 

Building Sustainable Health Partnerships through the Power of Community Schools


In the new Journal of School Health, Coalition Director Martin Blank wrote an article entitled, “Building Sustainable Health and Education Partnerships: Stories from Local Communities.” The article highlights how health institutions work together with community schools to expand access and quality of healthcare for all children in a place where they already have easy access to it: their local school.  

Partner Spotlight - Broome County Promise Zone

Broome County

The Coalition sat down with Luann Kida, Community Schools Director for Broome County Promise Zone, to discuss how the partnership between Broome County Mental Health Department, Broome-Tiaga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), and Binghamton University was formed. Kida shared how the community schools strategy is being furthered through the partnership with the local university in order to increase their collective impact through connecting college research and learning to support local public schools and local communities. Read More >

Opportunities and Resources 


Community Schools National Forum 2016

Registration Coming Soon! 

Registration for the Community Schools National Forum 2016 will open soon! This can't miss event will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 6-8, 2016.  Join us as we convene diverse stakeholders dedicated to better results for young people across the nation. More Information >

UACS Conference: Advancing the Model Nationally and Globally

Ira Harkavy and the staff of the Netter Center are pleased to invite you to participate in our conference on “University-Assisted Community Schools: Advancing the Model Nationally and Globally” on December 3-4, 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania. Register Here >

UPDATED: Community Schools Logic Model and FAQs

The Coalition recently updated our Community Schools Logic Model. This resource will help you map the strategies your community needs to achieve its desired results. Also, check out our updated Frequently Asked Questions. Take a look at our responses to some of the most commonly asked questions we get about community schools.

Schools as community hubs: Integrating support services to drive educational outcomes (Brookings Institute)

The Brookings Institute has released a paper on schools serving the community as a hub. The paper discusses how the problems of struggling neighborhoods—ranging from health to academic success to poverty—require the focused use of integrated strategies.  In order to meet this need, many community schools have stepped up to serve as the hub within the community, by providing services "beyond education".  Read More >

Putting Collective Impact into Context (Columbia Teachers College)

A new working paper from Teachers College at Columbia University, and supported by The Wallace Foundation, describes the challenges and opportunities inherent in community schools and other collective impact work. The report, Putting Collective Impact in Context: A Review of the Literature on Local Cross-Sector Collaboration to Improve Education, traces the history of collective impact back to the same historical origins as community schools and describes contemporary “cross-sector collaborations,” including community schools, Promise Neighborhoods, Say Yes to Education, and StriveTogether as examples.


Schools that Support Students’ Whole Lives

Jane Quinn, Coalition Steering Committee member and the vice president and director of the National Center for Community Schools for The Children's Aid Society,  recently wrote an article discussing how the community schools strategy is being used as an approach in New York City, Chicago, and across the country. Community schools are being used to not only to stimulate studentsacademic growth, but to create strong families and healthy communities.   Read More>

Baltimore, MD- Community Schools Serve Families, Neighborhoods (Baltimore Sun)

The community schools movement in Baltimore is thriving. The Family League of Baltimore, recently recognized as a leader in transforming schools, responded to Baltimore’s past year of violence and social turbulence by increasing the number of community schools. There are now 52 community schools serving 24,000 students and partnering with dozens of organizations to provide a range of services and community supports. Read More>

Fall River, Massachusetts- Addressing Nonacademic Barriers to Learning (US Department of Education)

Within the halls of John J. Doran Community School in Fall River, Massachusetts, the schools' staff and students begin their day with a morning meeting to discuss developments within their lives. These morning sessions are essential due to the fact that ninety percent of the schools’ students are currently identified as living below the poverty line, while the counties’ unemployment rate is among one of the highest in the state.    
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The Coalition for Community Schools believes that strong communities require strong schools and strong schools require strong communities. We envision a future in which schools are centers of thriving communities where everyone belongs, works together, and succeeds. The Coalition advances opportunities for the success of children, families and communities by promoting the development of more and more effective, community schools. The Coalition for Community Schools is housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.

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