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Vol. IX No. 7

Coalition for Community Schools Newsletter

Vol. IX Issue No. 7  September 2012

In This Issue

Community School Leaders Reflect on Careers Growing the Movement

Community schools look differently in almost every community they are found. Great leadership, however, is the key to growing and sustaining community school initiatives. 

For Jan Creveling and Genie Shannon in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Cathie Petsch in Lincoln, Neb., diving into the world of community schools meant a convergence of all their skills and passions they gained in their notable careers of public service.

Their leadership helped take a few localized school partnerships in their respective communities and develop them into high-performing, award-winning, community school systems in Tulsa and Lincoln.

As they retire, or as they told us, spend just slightly less time doing community schools work, the Coalition presented them with Leadership Awards for their outstanding achievements in expanding community schools and opening up their communities for others to learn how to build community schools.

Their years of work supporting students, families, and communities continues now under new leadership but we know that they'll be watching as community schools continue to thrive in the fertile soil they created.

Read about Cathie and Lincoln's Community Learning Centers

Read about Jan and Genie and the Tulsa Area Community School Initiative

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Feature Story: Community Schools Receive Significant Nationwide Attention


 Bus Tour Evansville

If there was any proof that the community school strategy is gaining traction nationwide, all one had to do was turn on the television or radio.  

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From NBC News' Education Nation program to American Public Media's Marketplace, community schools were in the spotlight. From Education Secretary Arne Duncan's stops at community schools on his Bus Tour to the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development's recognition of Lincoln, Nebraska's community school initiative.

As Coalition Steering Committee Chairperson Lisa Villarreal noted during the Community School National Forum this past May, "we have a movement."

Check out the highlights:

Community Schools in Cincinnati and Chicago featured on Education Nation

Lincoln's Community Learning Centers partners win major award from HUD Sec. Shaun Donovan and the Council on Foundations

Cincinnati's Oyler School the subject of year-long documentary on public radio

Arne Duncan's Back-to-School Bus Tour makes stops in community school hotbeds Evansville, Kansas City, Redwood City, and Salt Lake City



Congratulations to Carlos M. Azcoitia's appointment as the Distinguished Professor of Practice in Community School Leadership at National Louis University


Lehigh Valley Community School Partnerships Keep Students on Healthy Path to Class
Johns Hopkins Developing Its Own University-Assisted Community School
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Publication Makes the Case for Community Schools

Leaders, Community Discuss Expanding Community Schools in Brooklyn Center, Minn.
Kindergarteners in Vancouver, Wash. Community Schools Get Jump Start on School Year

United Way Full Service Schools Initiative Helps Duval County Students Focus on What's Important

Joint-Land Use: New Breed of Community Partnerships Aiding Schools (Education Week)

Detroit Police Chief: More Parental Involvement and Wraparound School Services Reduces Crime
Solution-Driven Unionism (AFT President Praises Cincinnati Community Schools)

Research & Resources

Events & Opportunities

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

October 18, 2012 The Coalition in partnership with the Illinois Federation of Community Schools is hosting a one-day Scaling Up Community-School Partnerships Seminar in Chicago. Register Today

October 18-19, 2012 Illinois Community Schools Forum

October 18-20, 2012 Together for Kids and Communities Conference (British Columbia)

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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