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Vol. IX No. 6

Coalition for Community Schools Newsletter

Vol. IX Issue No. 6  August 2012

In This Issue

New Community School Gets Started With Home Visits

Highland Elementary School in the Gresham Barlow School District in Multnomah County, Oregon will be a lot different this school year. The school is starting an ambitious effort to turn around student outcomes. As part of this, Highland is becoming a a SUN Community School through funding from its school district and the county government. 

As part of this transformation, a group of dedicated teachers stepped forward to welcome families by visiting students' homes prior to the start of the school year. Led by teachers Angelica Serna and Tami McDonald-Johnson, with the support of principal Becky Kadrmas, 10 staff (8 classroom teachers and two specialists) spent several evenings of their vacation to walk their school's community and visit the homes of students in their classrooms this year.

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Mich. Gov. Uses Community Schools to Fight Blight

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced this month a new plan that will transform blighted neighborhoods into vibrant neighborhoods anchored by community schools.

Pathways to Potential, as the plan is being called, empowers communities to transform blighted properties and vacant lots back into productive, communal use, including establishing neighborhood schools that will serve as hubs for their communities.

Nine Detroit public schools are slated to be included in the program. State social workers will be placed in each school. Family Resource Centers will also be incorporated at each school.

State officials modeled the school aspect of the Pathways plan on the successful community schools in Grand Rapids under the Kent School Services Network (KSSN)

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Feature Story: Back to (Community) School!

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It's August and a new school year has arrived. August also signals the opening of many new community schools

Across the country, teachers are decorating and preparing classrooms and community school coordinators are lining up community supports for students and their families - all with the goal of aligning school curriculum and community partnerships to prepare our children with 21st century skills and knowledge.

Thousands more students, many of them economically-disadvantaged, will have access to the resources they need to succeed right inside their schools thanks to the growth of the community schools strategy.

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Research & Resources

NEW! The Coalition's Guide to Building School-Community Partnerships in the Race to the Top District Grant Competition

U.S. Department of Education's New Parents and Family Blog

Monthly Newsletter on ELO Spotlight Community Schools Summer Enrichment Program

Events & Opportunities

Employment Opportunity Assistant Project Director - Family/Community Engagement - Early Childhood Education

Funding Opportunity U.S. Department of Education Race to the Top - District Grant Competition

October 18, 2012 The Coalition is hosting a one-day Scaling Up Community-School Partnerships Seminar in Chicago. Learn more

October 18-19, 2012 Illinois Community Schools Forum

November 12-13, 2012 Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania 20th Anniversary Conference

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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