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Vol. IX Issue 4

Coalition for Community Schools Newsletter

Vol. IX Issue No. 4

In This Issue

U.S. Dept. of Education Features Community Schools at Recent Events

Federal policymakers continue to take notice of the growing number of places embracing the community schools strategy. Last month, the U.S. Department of Education asked community school leaders in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Cincinnati to present their work at two major Department-sponsored events. 

The Department visited Grand Rapids May 14 for a town hall meeting on "the value of community partnerships in helping to propel school improvement."

Ron Koehler, Assistant Superintendent of the Kent Intermediate School District, talked about how Kent School Services Network (KSSN) community schools are providing expanded learning opportunities and health and language services to students and their families in not just Kent schools but in five other school districts, and seeing results.

Leaders from Cincinnati Public Schools' Community Learning Centers Initiative (CLC) held a standing-room only presentation during the U.S. Department of Education's Labor Management Conference.

"We wanted to show people that it isn't just partnerships all over the place. Partnerships can be so much more," said Annie Bogenschutz, new Director of Training and Development with Cincinnati's Community Learning Center Institute and former resource coordinator at the award-winning community school Ethel M. Taylor Elementary.

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Feature Story: Making a National Statement at the '12 Forum

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have a movement."

Those were the words of newly-appointed chair of the Coalition's Steering Committee, Lisa Villarreal (watch video of Lisa at the Forum), to the more than 1,300 school and community leaders that came to San Francisco for the 2012 Community Schools National Forum this past May.

From the roaring performances by a youth drum and dance ensemble and spoken word poets, to the fiery speeches from California superintendents, the energy and enthusiasm were palpable throughout this year's Forum.

We paid homage to Coalition co-founder Joy Dryfoos, who passed away in March. We also paid tribute to Ira Harkavy, who moved from Steering Committee Chair to Chair Emeritus.

The Coalition added nine new members from state and local community school initiatives to our Steering Committee. They represent a purposeful Coalition effort to involve more local and state community leaders to our strategy thinking. They will be tasked with helping guide the Coalition's work as we lift up the work of local initiatives and push for more school systems to adopt the community schools strategy.

You can download presentations from workshops and the Forum program book on the National Forum webpage, as well as watch videos from our insightful plenary panels. 

We also continue to expand our work. Community schools in Hartford, Evansville, and Providence were added to the Mind in the Making Project.

We encourage you to keep checking the Coalition website for new resources and opportunities as we collectively use the momentum from the Forum to create more and more effective community schools.

View/Download Materials from National Forum workshops

Visit our YouTube channel to watch videos of Forum plenary sessions



Research & Resources

Events & Opportunities

National Center for Community Schools is Offering Sustainability Planning Institutes

June 21, 2012 Race to the Top Applications: Planning for Partnerships (Coalition Webinar)

June 21, 2012 Engaging Parents in Schools and Student Learning (Education Week Webinar)

June 22, 2012 Using Attendance Data to Inform Policy and Practice (Data Quality Campaign Webinar)

June 24, 2012 Deadline for Applications for Department of Health and Human Services School-Based Health Centers Grant

June 24-27, 2012 National Association of School-Based Health Centers 2012 National Convention

June 27, 2012 Economic Impact of Communities in Schools (Alliance for Excellent Education/Communities in Schools Webinar)

July 6, 2012 Deadline to Become a Global Education Policy Fellow and Visit China for First Hand Look at Their Ed Policies

July 10-13, 2012 National School Climate Center Annual Summer Institute

October 19, 2012 Illinois Community Schools Forum - Organizers are currently accepting proposals for workshops until June 29.

December 5-6, 2012 Children's Aid Society holds Community Schools Fundamentals Conference

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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