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September 2016 Newsletter



 Vol. XV - Issue 9 - September 2016

In This Issue

New Stories Webpage

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“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world-Philip Pullman.” At their core, community schools are stories about how students, families, teachers, and practitioners in many disciplines, work together to support and grow young people each and every day. Our new community schools stories webpage will tell the stories of people creating community schools. Please share your stories by emailing Denzel CummingsRead More >

Better Together: Equity as a Focus in Community Schools


The influx of refugees and immigrants continues to be a major issue facing our country and our communities. One organization that is working tirelessly to ensure that community schools are equipped to provide the best support possible for new immigrants is the United Way of Salt Lake City. Read More >.

In addition, we'd like to share the report "Counsel or Criminalize? Why Students of Color Need Supports, not Suspensions." Written by a former Emerson National Policy Fellow, Perpetual Baffour, this Center for American Progress report discusses the lack of support services for students of color across the country and advocates for several solutions, including community schools.  

 For the rest of this month’s equity resources, click here

Coalition Website Re-Design Survey- We Need Your Help

The Coalition for Community Schools has started the process to re-design our website. We want to hear your thoughts and suggestions for improvement and what you need when you visit our site. Please help us improve your website experience by taking this quick survey

Support for the Full Service Community Schools Program

In September 2016, the Coalition sent a letter signed by 46 national organizations to the Congressional appropriations leadership urging a funding increase to the Full Service Community Schools program for FY 2017, above $10 million. The demand for this program continues to grow, and 21 current grantees will lose their funding if the program is not maintained, so we need to advocate for support of the program. Thank you to our partners who signed on to the letter, and we will keep you updated on the funding status and how you can help us advocate in the coming weeks. 

Partner Spotlight: Mental Health America

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We are happy to share this month’s partner spotlight on Mental Health America (MHA). Learn about MHA's history, their current work to ensure the nation's youth are properly screened for their mental health needs, as well as their work with community schools from Director of Policy, Nathaniel Counts. Read More > 

    Opportunities and Resources

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    NEA Community Schools Webinar

    The NEA Teacher Quality Department is hosting a six-part webinar series that explores the Community School Strategy for transforming struggling schools. These webinars will explore implementation methods, success stories, and lessons learned from the rural, urban, and suburban settings from across the nation. Register Here >

    Inequality in School Discipline 

    The Atlantic Philanthropies released a book titled, Inequality in School Discipline, which addresses the consequences students face—especially young people of color—when schools enforce punitive disciplinary systems. Read More >

    Coalition for Community Schools Job Opportunity

    The Coalition for Community Schools is seeking to fill the roles of a Partnerships Manager. To learn more about this role and how to apply, please go to our
    employment opportunity page.



    Randi Weingarten talks community schools in Washington Post interview

    C.M Rubin, author of “The Global Search for Education” and “How Will We Read?”, interviewed six people about what they would do if they were appointed the new Secretary of Education. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, was among the six and discussed the importance of having greater support for community schools. Read More >

    Hartford Community Schools Find Creative Way to Deal With Tragedy

    Students and staff at Thirman L. Milner School relied on their community to heal after the loss of 13-year-old Jamaire Smith, who passed away in a car crash. Milner’s partner Catholic Charities arranged for Tails of Joy to bring therapy dogs to console students on their first day of school. Read More >

    Community Schools Help Afterschool Work Flourish

    The Coalition’s Mary Kingston Roche and Afterschool Alliance’s Erik Peterson discusses the increased need to make afterschool a crucial part of students education. Community schools offer a solution by bringing together families, the community and educators to motivate and engage students with expanded learning opportunities and after school programs.
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    AFT announces grants for community school efforts

    On September 22nd the American Federation of Teachers announced three AFT Innovation Fund grants for community school initiatives in Texas; Daly City, California; and Rome, N.Y. AFT President Randi Weingarten said, “We’re putting skin in the game to incubate and grow education strategies that give kids the supports and options that will help them succeed…” Read More >

    More News 


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