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Vol. VIII No. 8

Novemer 2011
Vol. VIII No. 7

Inside This Issue:
Spotlight on: Expanded Learning Time and Opportunities: Integral Community School Components
Research & Resources

Spotlight: Expanded Learning Time and Opportunities: Integral Community School Components

As Community schools offer the best vehicle for expanding learning time and opportunities, according to the Coalition's Martin Blank and Reuben Jacobson in a new chapter in the New Directions for Youth Development (NDYD) Journal.

The Fall issue of NDYD is dedicated to expanded learning time and opportunities - an emergent strategy in improving student learning outcomes - and how community partnerships can help foster this strategy. The issue's introduction notes that many models of expanding learning time are emerging and proving effective such as expanding the school day and/or year for more time toward core academic subjects, or enrichment and experiential learning - all are supported by community partnerships,

Expanded learning time and the community schools strategies both fundamentally challenge the way traditional public schools operate and rely heavily on external partners to provide additional support. They both also rely on local decision-making. .
The chapter highlights community schools in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Tulsa, and Philadelphia that are expanding the school day, week, and year to support students and their families.



Cincinnati School District Shows Improvement

School-Based Nutritional Initiative Takes Root in Philadelphia
Pre-K Crucial to 3rd Grade Reading Outcomes

New After-School Journal Highlights Community School Initiatives

Twin Cities' Schools and their Communities Closing the Achievement Gap

A Broader and Bolder Approach Uses Education to Break the Cycle of Poverty

New Publication Makes the Case for Civic Investment in Public Education

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Blog Feature: Rethinking Early Childhood Education through the Community Schools Prism


The effectiveness and vitality of strong early childhood education programs is emerging as a focal point for education reform. But how do school systems sustain student progress as they move from preschool to kindergarden to primary schoolω Learn how community school learders are maximizing students gains as they transition from grade-to-grade in this new blog on the Linkages Project sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 

Click here to read the rest of the blog. 


The Youth Development Institute and Neighborhood Family Services Coalition celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Beacons program earlier this month at The Wallace Foundation in New York City

YDI Beacons Press Release

Research & Resources

NEW REPORT: Family-School-Community Partnerships 2.0: Collobrative Strategies to Advance Student Learning

The Million Dollar Value of Chicago Community School Partners

New Book Examines Impact of School-Based Health Care

Early Warning Indicator and Interventions Systems Report: Experts Point to Community School Examples

Webinars Highlight the Benefits of Strategic Partnerships in Schools

NEW ONLINE RESOURCE: Ready by 21 Leader Network Website from the Forum for Youth Investment

Scaling Up School-Community Partnerships: The Community Schools Strategy

Opportunities & Events

November 30, 2011 WEBINAR: Attendance Works Peer Learning: Harnessing the Power of Volunteers to Reduce Chronic Absence 

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

Scale Up Guide Webinars:

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 

Download presentations and recordings from previous webinars in the series 

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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