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Vol. X Issue 8 November 2013

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Vol. X Issue 8 November 2013

In this Issue

  • Lessons from Linking Early Childhood and Community
  • Register Today: 2014 Community Schools National Forum
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • Events
  • News
  • Resources & Opportunities
Webinar: Expanded Learning Opportunities

December 3rd at 3pm EST
This webinar will highlight the Coalition for Community School's upcoming report, The Convergence of Community Schools and Expanded Learning Opportunities. The report captures what community schools are doing to implement various expanded learning opportunities (ELO) strategies. The webinar will highlight key findings of the report and a new ELO typology for leaders of both fields.

Speakers include:
Reuben Jacobson, Senior Associate for Research & Strategy, Coalition for Community Schools
Julia Baez, Senior Director of Education Initiatives, Family League of Baltimore (Baltimore, MA)
Laoise King, Vice President of Education Initiatives, United Way of Greater New Haven (New Haven, CT)
Please click here to register for this webinar.

Lessons from Linking Early Childhood and Community Schools  
The Early Childhood/Community School Linkages Project centered on strategic partnerships between early learning centers and community schools. The Coalition for Community Schools, at the Institute for Educational Leadership, supported the three project sites—Tulsa, OK, Multnomah County, OR, and Albuquerque, NM—to strengthen linkages between early learning programs and elementary education within the context of their systemic community school initiatives, offering a means toward improving school readiness, family engagement and student achievement. 
A new publication, "Early Childhood Community School Linkages: Advancing a Theory of Change," sets out a theory of change for aligning early childhood learning with elementary education. Preliminary results from linkages efforts provide an actionable framework for creating a more seamless transition, articulating successful practices across three levels: 
  • The systems level promotes strong infrastructural support to teachers, students and families among local leaders. Best practices involve a shared understanding and intentional focus on building linkages and instituting policies that foster developmentally appropriate practices for all classrooms.
  • The settings level focuses on the specific early learning centers and elementary schools. Recommended practices include early learning and elementary teacher observations and collaboration on curricula in addition to building trusting relationships among teachers and families.
  • The individual level improves school readiness of children and their families. Successful practices involve orienting children and families to elementary school before the first day of school by supplying them with knowledge of school practices and promoting family engagement through various outlets, including literacy activities and employment opportunities.
The Linkages Project was informed by the successful Perry Preschool and Abecedarian programs; to read more about the connections, see the blog post "Community School Collaborations—A Lifeline for Early Learning Program Success" by Janet Brown, Senior Early Childhood Program Specialist and Kwesi Rollins, Director of Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educational Leadership. 
The time for Community Schools is now. We can't wait to see you in Cincinnati!
Join the Coalition for Community Schools in partnership with the Cincinnati Public Schools and the Community Learning Centers Institute for the 2014 National Forum.   
Highlights of What to Expect at the 2014 National Forum!
Cincinnati Community Learning Centers
Learn how Cincinnati – its community, leaders, schools, and partners – came together to craft a district-wide community school initiative, in light of long-standing barriers and challenges and how others are adapting their experience.
Come hear from Distinguished Speakers
Current plenary speaker invitees include—Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers; Chris Edley, The Equity and Excellence Commission; Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education; andKathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Register before 12/31/2013 and receive 2012 Forum pricing 
We hope to see you all in Cincinnati!

DC Leaders Encourage Mayor Gray to Expand Community Schools across the City
The District of Columbia's Community School Advisory Committee submitted a report to Mayor Gray that recommended expanding community schools throughout the District. Mayor Gray appointed the committee last year in accordance to the Community Schools Incentive Act of 2011.

Children's Aid Society Moving Community Schools Forward in New York City
Children's Aid Society wins Investing in Innovation grants from the Department of Education and participated in New York's Talking Transitions to help support the transition of the newly appointed administration.

McPherson Held as a Community School Example (Napa Valley Register)
A recent report by United Way of the Bay Area and Partnership for Children and Youth highlights Napa's McPherson Elementary School as an example of a successful community school.

Alameda County Health Clinic Network for Neediest (San Francisco Chronicle)
A health clinic at one of Elev8 Community Schools sites' in Oakland is featured in this article which highlight community clinics that offer affordable health care to hundreds of thousand od low-income and underinsured people in Alameda County, CA.
Bloomberg EDU Explores Community Schools (Bloomberg EDU Podcast)
Robert Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and best-selling author of "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community," discusses the growing gap in social mobility among U.S. children. Jane Quinn, director of the National Center for Community Schools and vice president for Community Schools at the Children's Aid Society, and Tony Smith, executive director of Chicago-based W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, discuss Community Schools initiatives to address inequities around the country. The session is hosted by Jane Williams.
How Technology, Health Care and Community Partnerships are Transforming Local Education (Soapbox Cincinnati)
Innovation in education today seeks to serve the "whole child." In Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky classrooms, this means adapting teaching methods to students', and shifting the traditional teacher-centered model to one more focused on customizable education experiences. Schools are also beginning to form stronger links with their communities and offer more comprehensive services, from health care to home visits by teachers
The Graduate/ Los Graduados on PBS! (Independent Lens/Public Broadcasting Services)
On October 28, The Graduates/Los Graduados premiered nationwide on PBS stations. This film shares the compelling stories of six young Latinos from around the country who beat the odds and achieved success in school, including Bronx-born Chastity Salas, a Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School (a community school in New York City) alumna and current freshman at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Join the online conversation about this film and the ways to curb the high school dropout rate. Visit the film’s Facebook page and use the hashtag#TheGraduates/#LosGraduados on Twitter to show your support.
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Research & Resources
New Resource: Leveling the Playing Field for Low-Income Students (Partnership for Children and Youth/United Way of the Bay Area)
The United Way of the Bay Area and the Partnership for Children and Youth have released a report examining the ways poverty and education are inextricably linked and exploring how the Community Schools approach is creating new opportunities for low-income children and youth. Download the full report here. 

The Arts for All School Arts Survey: Measuring Quality, Access and Equity in Arts Education (Art for All)
The Arts for All School Arts Survey is a powerful tool that can be used to measure access to and quality of arts instruction at the school site level as well as to develop a system for collecting and reporting the data.

Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health (Creating Community Solutions)
"Text, Talk, Act on Mental Health" is designed to engage high school and college students in particular, using technology that is ubiquitous in their lives. Results from the live polling questions will be tabulated almost instantly, so that people will be able to see how participants across the country responded. The discussion questions will provide a safe space for candid dialogue on mental health, one of the most critical and misunderstood public issues we face. The process will also provide an opportunity for participants to discuss actions they can take to strengthen mental health on their campuses and in their communities.         

Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts (The Wallace Foundation)
Drawing on hundreds of interviews with young people, their families, leaders of exemplary programs and others nationwide, this report offers some answers, including 10 principles for developing effective programming. Click here to download the full report.

The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success (The Annie E. Casey Foundation)
This KIDS COUNT policy report details how a child’s early development from birth through age 8 is essential to making an effective transition into elementary school and for long-term academic achievement. To prepare all of America’s children to succeed, this document sets forth broad policy recommendations. This policy report also features data on early childhood development for every state, the District of Columbia and the nation. Click here to download the full report.

NSTA/PASCO: STEM Educator Awards
PASCO has partnered with the National Science Teachers Association to reward selected K-12 STEM educators who have created and are utilizing modern and effective STEM curriculum in the classroom. Maximum award: $4,500  Deadline: November 30, 2013. 

U.S. Dept. of State: Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching

The Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching program sends highly accomplished primary and secondary teachers from the U.S. abroad and brings international teachers to the U.S for a three to six month long program.  Deadline: December 15, 2013.

NEA: The Big Read 

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts to restore reading to the center of American culture by providing citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. The initiative includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature, and an extensive website providing comprehensive information on authors and their works. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: literary organizations, libraries, and community organizations across the country. Deadline: January 28, 2014.

Children's Tylenol: National Child Care Teacher Awards 

The Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards acknowledge the critical role of child-care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Applicants are asked to design an enhancement project for children in their classroom, illustrating the educational, social, and emotional benefits from the project. Maximum award: $5,500. Eligibility: teachers of infants, toddlers, or preschool-age children employed in a home-, group-, or center-based program that is fully compliant with local and state regulations for operating child care programs. Deadline: December 6, 2013. 

Starbucks Foundation: Youth Action Grant
The Starbucks Foundation is interested in supporting organizations that equip young people in the areas of Business Savvy -- the ability to leverage opportunities with integrity and innovation, and to make good decisions and achieve results; Social Conscience -- the impact an individual and enterprise can have on the community; and Collaborative Communication -- engaging others in an inclusive manner across teams, functions, and cultures, and leveraging new and creative ways of communication. Maximum award: $30,000. Eligibility: organizations working with youth ages 15 to 24. Deadline: December 15, 2013. 

Captain Planet Foundation: Grants for the Environment 

The Captain Planet Foundation funds hands-on environmental projects to encourage youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, including schools, with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Deadline: January 31, 2013.
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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