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Vol. VIII No. 7

October 2011
Vol. VIII No. 7

Inside This Issue:
Spotlight on: Scaling Up Guide Compliments and Assists Nashville Plan
Research & Resources

Spotlight: Scaling Up Guide Compliments and Assists Nashville Plan

As Nashville builds up a district-wide system of community schools, planners are finding that the new Scaling Up School-Community Partnerships Guide recently released by the Coalition for Community Schools is validating much of its efforts.

Metro Nashville Public Schools and its lead partner Alignment Nashville are developing a framework for implementing and operating community schools with four pilot schools expected to roll out next fall. It’s a charge they received from their Director of Schools (superintendent), Dr. Jesse Register, who recognized the community’s call for community schools and understands their power as a key district strategy.
"At this point, (the guide) has kind of helped validate a lot of what we were doing," said Glen Biggs, associate director at Alignment Nashville. Biggs noted that much of what their group has accomplished so far on their own fruition matches the processes outlined in the Scale Up Guide.

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The Coalition is hosting a series of webinars for people who want to learn how to scale up community schools using our new online Scaling Up Guide. 



Surrounded by Support: National Association of Secondary School Principals Highlights Community Schools

Community Schools Coordinator on MSNBC Education Nation

New IUPUI Center to Support University-Community School Partnerships

Education, Health, Youth, and Community Leaders United Behind School-Community Partnerships in a Reauthorized ESEA

Guest Blogger Feature: Community Schools Crossing Boundaries to Help Students Succeed

Leadership is both shared and multi-faceted within the community school setting. It is shared with the community partners who - together with the building principal and school staff - strive to make the school's mission of supporting the whole child a reality. It is multi-faceted in that community schools are well positioned to have leaders spring forth from unexpected places, writes Dr. JoAnne Ferrara (pictured), department chair of Cirriculum and Instruction at Manhattanville College, and Eileen Santiago, retired prinicipal at Thomas A. Edison Full Service Community School in Port Chester, N.Y. in this guest post to the Coalition Blog.

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Research & Resources

NEW BOOK: Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America (featuring essay from Coalition for Community Schools

NEW REPORT: Living on the Edge: America's Low-Earning Families 

NEW TOOL: The Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework: Promoting Family Enagement and School Readiness from Prenatal to Age 8 

Scaling Up School-Community Partnerships: The Community Schools Strategy

Opportunities & Events

October 20, 2011 Federal Funding for a Broader Bolder Approach to Education: How ESEA and pending legislation promote (limit) Comprehensive Strategies
October 25-26, 2011 CAS Hosts 2011 Community Schools Fundamentals Conference

November 2, 2011 Extended Learning Times and Opportunities

November 8-11, 2011 PolicyLink Equity Summit 2011- Detroit, MI

November 10-12, 2011 National Summit on Your Cities Families

May 16-18, 2012 2012 Community Schools National Forum - NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR WORKSHOPS

Scale Up Guide Webinars:

October 20, 2011 A General Overview of the Scaling Up Guide: What's in the Guide, how it works, and how to use it in your community

In Depth Learning Series 

November 2, 2011 (Session 1) A school, an intermediary, a community: What does a scaled up system of community schools look like? 

November 16, 2011 (Session 2) Getting going: Deciding to scale up 

November 30, 2011 (Session 3) Develop an operating framework and planning for scale up 

December 14, 2011 (Session 4) Scale up for sustainability and implementation 


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, DC.

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