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Vol. IX No. 12

Coalition for Community Schools Newsletter

Vol. IX Issue No. 12  February 2013

In This Issue

  • Feature: More Universities Utilizing Community Schools for Service Missions
  • More News: Remembering Richard Murphy
  • Blog List
  • Research & Resources 
  • Events & Opportunities

Remembering Richard Murphy

Legendary youth development advocate Richard Murphy passed away Feb 14. His contributions led to the founding of Beacons Centers nationwide as well as the Rheedlen Center in New York which ultimately became the Harlem Children's Zone. The Coalition and its partners recognize his invaluable leadership.

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Feature Story: More Universities Utilizing Community Schools for Service Missions

It seems like one of the most perfect partnerships - even amongst community schools where partnerships are essential. What institution is better equipped to help prepare young people for college and career than an institution of higher education itself?

More and more colleges and universities are finding that leading a community school initiative is one of the most mutually-beneficial relationships it can have. In many of these community schools, high school students are utilizing college facilities as part of their coursework. Teachers are taking advantage of professional development led by the university. Conversely, colleges have a venue to train their faculty, staff and students, while preparing a pipeline of younger students for the rigors of a post-secondary education. Most importantly for many of these institutions, community schools are the best way to fulfill their commitment to service and their civic mission.

These university-assisted community schools are using their resources and expertise to provide comprehensive educational opportunities and support for students and their families, while also strengthening the very neighborhoods that surround and support them. But they're not doing it alone. Universities are leveraging their influence to bring in other organizations as partners in community school initiatives as well.

Major colleges have been spearheading community schools initiatives for some time. University of Pennsylvania's University-Assisted Community School program led the way, and the model has been adapted by numerous universities including Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, University of Dayton, and the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa pioneering the way. But the past few years have seen a new crop of universities entering the community schools arena and making immediate impacts. Here are a few examples:

Florida International University
Johns Hopkins University
Seattle University
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Washington University, St. Louis

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Research & Resources

Events & Opportunities

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

March 25, 2013 Early Learning and Child Development in Community School Settings Webinar 

May 2-3, 2013 Scaling Up Community Schools Seminar - Palm Beach, FL

June 5-6, 2013 Community Schools Education Day - Awards for Excellence Ceremony - 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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