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Vol. VIII No. 9

December 2011
Vol. VIII No. 9

Inside This Issue:
Spotlight on: Superintendent Leadership Advances Community School Strategy 
Q & A: Community School Champion Elected to Cincinnati City Council
Blog Feature: The Voice of an Experienced Community Educator
Research & Resources

Spotlight: Superintendent Leadership Advances Community School Strategy

As more communities embrace the vision of a scaled-up system of community schools, one of the most vital leadership positions in laying out those plans and goals come from the guidance of the school district's chief - the superintendent.

This can seem to be a daunting task given the political climate. But many superintendents are coming to see the community schools strategy as a way to provide the resources and support they know their students, families, and teachers need to succeed.

Dr. Cathy Burden in Tulsa, Okla., Dr. Tony Smith in Oakland, Calif., and Dr. Jesse Register in Nashville have all used their influence to ramp up community and school partnerships.

They know the benefits of partnering with representatives from government, nonprofit organizations, unions, philanthropies, businesses, faith-based organizations, and more. Together, they share repsonsibility for vision, support, financing, and outcomes for children and families. These superintendents are utilizing all their communities' resources to support student learning.

Read more about the role of the superintendent in a community school initiative, find more resources for superintendents, and learn about the Coalition/American Association of School Administrators new Superintendent Leadership Council. 

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AFT Tackles Poverty in West Va. with Community Schools Strategy (Washington Post) 

D.C. Explores Grants to Create Community Schools

Tulsa Magazine Writes Feature Spread on Community Schools 

Study Confirms Value of Cincinnati's Community Learning Centers 

Portland Community School Provides Food to Sudents and Families 

Oyler's School Based Health Attracts National Attention

Physicians Highlight Overlooked Connection between Social Needs and Health 

Health Care Law Yields More Grants for School-Based Health Centers 

Portland Area Schools Kicki Off Groundbreaking 'Mind in the Making' Project

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Twenty communities were awarded the latest round of federal Promise Neighborhood grants. The Department of Education said these winners demonstrated "robust family and community engagement strategies as evidenced by the community schools apporach used by many of the grantees." 

Click here to read more about the grantees

Washington Post says Community Schools One of the Answers for School Reform

Washington Post reporter/blogger Valerie Strauss calls the community schools strategy a "no-brainer" for schools, especially those in high-poverty neighborhoods. 

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Q & A: Community School Champion Elected to Cincinnati City Council

At 27 years old, P.G. Sittenfeld became one of the youngest ever elected to the Cincinnati City Council. As Assistant Director for Cincinnati's Community Learning Center Institute, he also instantly becomes one of the most prominent ambassadors of the community school strategy.

Read Sittenfeld's thoughts on leadership and his advice to other communties looking to implement community schools.

Blog Feature: The Voice of an Experienced Community Educator

Coalition Intern Haywood Wadsworth, a Flint, Mich. native, recalls the days his grandmother spent teaching in one of the earliest community schools in Michigan in a new post on the Coalition Blog.

Also in the Blog: Martin Blank opines on 'Collective Impact' in the Huffington Post and educators in Illinois learn about innovative early childhood programs being cultivated in community schools.

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Research & Resources

NEW REPORT: Study Shows How Cincinnati's Community School Students Perform Higher on State Tests

New Family and Community Engagement Toolkit for At-Risk High School

Forum for Youth Investment Releases Primer on New FERPA Regulations

NEW TOOLKIT: How to Evaluate an Expanded Learning Program

Scaling Up School-Community Partnerships: The Community Schools Strategy

Download presentations and recordings from the Scaling Up Webinar Series

Opportunities & Events

January 10, 2012 Summer Meals Matter Conference Call - The Food Action and Resource Center is kicking off the first of its monthly conference calls on cultivating outreach plans to increase participation in summer food programs 

May 16-18, 2012 2012 Community Schools National Forum - San Francisco, CA 


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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