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Spotlight on Providence Public School District!

This month the Coalition spotlights the Providence Public School District’s (Providence, Rhode Island) efforts to mobilize around the community school strategy. This article focuses on two people who are central to this movement:Superintendent Tom Brady and Rebecca Boxx, Providence Public School's new Full-Service Community Schools Director. Click here to read the full interview.

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A NYC Community School is Top Performing!
Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCO), a Children’s Aid Society community school, was named as a top-rated high school by the New York City Department of Education’s 2010 High School Progress Report. Read full New York Times article.

Click here to read the Children’s Aid Society’s press release.

Video Touts Mission of Community Schools
The University of Pennsylvania began a partnership with Sayre High School in West Philadelphia in 1996 that has grown to include numerous community services, such as nutrition, education and exercise programs for families, career and college preparation programs for the high school students and even a health center that serves the entire community. This video describes how University-Assisted Community Schools worked for one of the first schools in the country to embrace this concept, and was produced in-house in collaboration with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at UPENN. Click here to view the video.

Grand Rapids’ Community School Earns Richard Riley Award
Burton Elementary and Middle School in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been awarded the sixth annual Richard Riley Award presented by the Americans Architectural Foundation (AAF). The award “promotes the idea of schools as centers of community and honors excellence in schools that open their doors to community residents of all ages for educational resources and other services.” Read More...

Click here to learn more about the Grand Rapids Community School's work.

No One to Blame: School Reform Requires Collaboration
For generations, America’s public education system has been in desperate need of reform. Recent school reform failures have been blamed on poor teaching and teachers unions. In order for educational outcomes to improve, we must focus on systemic and sustainable change as well as re-evaluating priorities. This is the key to constructive reform. In these efforts, collaboration will be essential. Read More...

Community Schools- Montessori Style
For a decade, Cincinnati Public Schools has been implementing Community Learning Centers across the District. The schools have been rebuilt and reformed into neighborhood hubs, open for extended hours for the use of community agencies and organizations to provide health resources, social services, and cultural opportunities for children and their families as well as the surrounding neighborhood.

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Research, Publications and Tools

The Role of School Boards in Community Schools
The California School Boards Association’s (CSBA) October 2010 policy brief focuses on the role school boards can have in implementing a community schools strategy, it reinforces the ways in which community schools maximize benefits, and addresses multiple factors that influence students’ academic achievements.

The school board’s role in implementing the community school strategy includes: setting direction, establishing structure, providing support, ensuring accountability, and acting as community leaders. Read More…

Community Schools: The United Way
Access the Webinar Now! Over 25 United Ways across the country are using the community schools strategy to meet their goals. Depending on the community, United Ways are playing various roles such as:
  • Key player in community leadership group. In this role they provide oversight of the community schools work; provide resources; and contribute to policy development and decisions.
  • Intermediary organization. In this role, United Ways manage the community schools initiative, create the strategic plan, and ensure that there is communication between the School Site Leadership Team and the Community Leadership Team.
  • Lead agency or contract with others to be leads.
  • Funder – fund intermediaries and incentivize the integration of grantee work at individual schools through the community schools approach.
Click here for more resources and helpful tools on different ways United Ways are playing a role and supporting many community schools across the country.

School-based Health Centers Receive Grant Money
School-based health centers will be eligible to apply for a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant for new medical equipment, improving facilities, and building new centers. A total of $100 million will be awarded. These health centers are located on school grounds to help provide medical, dental, mental, and community-based services to students and their families. Community schools across the nation implement these health centers as part of their strategy to aid in academic performance and community wellness. Read More....

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Upcoming Events and Conferences

Register Now! 2011 Seattle Community Schools Learning Laboratory, "Community Schools Collaboration: Bridging Practice and Policy", co-hosted with the Community Schools Collaboration. March 30-April 1, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.

National Community Education Association's (NCEA) 45th Annual Conference, Future Forward, December 1-3, 2010 - Phoenix, Arizona. Click here to see a copy of the program.

SAVE THE DATE: National Assembly on School-Based Health Care Convention, June 26-29, 2011 in Chicago, IL. This year's theme is School-based Health Care and the Community: A Partnership that Works. The Coalition for Community Schools is partnering with NASBHC to highlight the relationship between community schools and school-based health clinics.
Click here for more information about the convention.

Grants and Job Opportunities

School-Based Health Grant
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced proposal RFP for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Grants for School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) Capital Program. The grant will award funds to support “expanded capacity of SBHCs.” The deadline for applications is December 1, 2010. Access the grant application now!

Research Assistant, Coalition for Community Schools, IEL
The Coalition for Community Schools seeks an enthusiastic professional with strong writing, research and communication skills to support and enhance the organization’s website content, provide research assistance for various grant programs and to support core communication functions, including, but not limited to: webinars, newsletters, blogs, press releases, etc. This position is currently funded for a nine-month period. Should further funding be secured, this position could be extended for a longer period. Click here for more information.

The Center for Law and Social Policy - Policy Analyst, Child Care and Early Education Team
The Policy Analyst will work on child care and early education issues with senior CLASP staff. Topic areas will focus on CLASP's work in promoting integrated birth to five early education efforts, analyzing federal Head Start data, identifying and analyzing state policies in support of infants and toddlers, developing web-based resources, and supporting the overall work of the child care and early education team…Read More

New! Full-Service Community Schools Positions Available!

Green Dot Public Schools, Los Angeles, CA
Manager, Full Service Community Schools

Eastside Community Schools, Wilmington, DE
Program Manager, Full Service Community Schools

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Vol. VII No. 9
November 2010

In This Issue

Policy Update: FSCS

The Coalition sent both the House and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairs a letter, co-signed by forty-eight organizations, asking for continued investment in the Full Service Community Schools Grant Program, in the FY11 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. Read full letter…

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