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Vol. IX No. 10

Coalition for Community Schools Newsletter

Vol. IX Issue No. 10  December 2012

In This Issue


CCS: A Year in Review 

There's no doubt that the momentum for community schools continues to grow. New community schools are cropping up across the country and existing initiatives continue to rejuvenate neighborhoods. Here's a look back at some of the highlights of 2012 for the Coalition:

2012 National Forum: With 1,350 attendees from 36 states, Washington, D.C. and Canada, the 2012 Forum was the biggest to date!

Check out highlights from the 2012 National Forum

Race to the Top-District Grant Competition: The U.S. Dept. of Education took further steps to reward schools for innovative partnerships with community partners to support academic achievement by giving a competitve in the RTT-D guidelines. The Coalition produced a guide for RTT-D applicants. From early indications, we know at least 3 community schools initiatives were Race to the Top winners. 

In the News: Community school initiatives across the country continue to receive major spotlight in local and national press. We take this as a clear inidication that community schools have entered the education reform space in new and highly recognizable ways. Check out a special year-long report on a Cincinnati community school.

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Feature Story: Community Schools Right at Home in Rural Areas

The Bangor Area School District, in the rural heart of the Lehigh Valley in northeastern Pennsylvania, encompasses 87 square miles and four adjoining townships. Philanthropic groups, youth sports, and other organizations in the close-knit community already use school buildings for games, concerts, and other activities. However, it wasn't until the district started implementating the community schools strategy that its vision of its schools as vital hubs of the community was fully realized.  

Bangor's community schools have seen improvement in the schools' climate even as unemployment and the number of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch has risen. Attendance is up for students and staff. Family centers are located in each community school. Bangor community schools even opened their doors during recent hurricanes and snowstorms for residents to take showers, recharge their electronic devices, and refill water supplies. 

"The community has come to realize we're all in this together," said Deborah Bowman, the community school director for the school district. 

Community schools are finding great success in urban districts and inner-tier suburbs such as New York, Portland, and Evansville, where diverse populations converge with a variety of challenges. 

But Bangor, Kings Mountain, N.C., and Bozeman, MT are just a few of the places demonstrating the effectiveness of the community school strategy for the unique issues and opportunities facing remote and rural communities. 

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News


Research & Resources


Events & Opportunities

January 16-18, 2013 Community Schools Leadership Network (CSLN) and Steering Committee Retreats 

February 5, 2013 "Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success" Booksigning Event

February 21-23, 2013 American Association of School Administrators Conference 

March 18, 2013 Scaling Up Community Schools Seminar - Los Angeles 

June 5-6, 2012 Community Schools Education Day - Awards for Excellence Cermony - Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.  


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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