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Vol. IX No. 8

Coalition for Community Schools Newsletter

Vol. IX Issue No. 8  October 2012

In This Issue

Presenting the 2013 National Community Schools for Excellence Awards

The Coalition is looking for the very best practices in community schools to be honored with a National Community Schools for Excellence Award this year.

Three individual community schools will receive $2,500 and two community school initiatives will receive $5,000 each. Each winner will have the distinction of being a national school of excellence.

Applications are now being accepted. The awards ceremony will be held June 5-6 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The Coalition is calling all community school advocates to join us those dates for the 2013 Education Day where will be showcasing the power of community schools to Congress. 

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Feature Story: Expanded Learning Opportunities Boost Instruction In Community Schools


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What's the best way for students to learn beyond the traditional school day? Many advocate for expanding learning time - after school or lengthening the school year. Others seek to expand the opportunities available to students after school is dismissed to supplement core instruction. Some do both.

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But with the somber reality of shrinking school budgets, more places are asking about the role community school partners can play in filling the gaps before and after school or during the weekend and summer. Many are coming to the conclusion that the community school approach is the best way to strategically and purposefully select the partners they need. This approach allows innovative instructional practices in school and beyond to take off.

Expanding learning opportunities are a central tenet of community schools. That's exactly why community schools are "smart schools." Like a smart phone, community schools have a menu of interconnected strategies, supports, and activities that school leadership teams can easily call up to address a student's needs - like the latest phone application.

The collaborative nature of community schools allow stakeholders to cooperatively plan and design instructional activities during the school day and beyond that align with the school's academic goals.

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Research & Resources

Events & Opportunities

November 1, 2012 Apply to Become a DC Advocacy Partner and Fight for Individual with Disabilities

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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