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Vol. X Issue 5 August 2013

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Vol. X Issue 5 August 2013

In this Issue

  • Now Accepting Workshop Proposals for the Community Schools National Forum
  • Design the Logo for the Community Schools National Forum!
  • New Coalition Partner Highlight
  • Community School Coordinator Blog
  • Events and Opportunities
  • News
  • Research & Resources


October 16-18, 2013: Community School Practicum, Children's Aid Society

November 14-15, 2013:
Midwest Community Schools Forum, Illinois Federation for Community Schools

April 9-11, 2014: 
Community Schools National Forum – Cincinnati, OH, Coalition for Community Schools

New Coalition Partner Highlight
We are excited to announce our two newest national partners, the Young Elected Officials (YEO) and the After-School All-Stars. Click here to read more.

Magic Numbers: Community Schools & Promise Neighborhoods

By Jennie Carey, San Fernando, CA

It’s hard to be new. Four years ago, new to California and a new Community School Coordinator at Cesar Chavez Learning Academies, I found myself in a fiercely proud community that wondered who I was and what I thought I was doing at their high school. They thought I was just going to be another flavor of the month in education reform. Click here to find out what happened when efforts such as community schools and promise neighborhoods linked arms at Cesar Chavez.


Now Accepting Workshop Proposals for the Community Schools National Forum

This April, the Coalition for Community Schools is partnering with Cincinnati Public Schools and the Community Learning Centers Institute for the 2014 National Forum "Opportunity for All: Community Schools, The Engine for Change."

This year’s theme reflects the Coalition's commitment to equal opportunity for all students and our belief that community schools, with their deep and sustained relationships between schools and community partners, are the “engine” that will prepare our young people, families, and communities, to live and work in the 21st century. We are seeking workshops that reflect the principles of community schools that are fundamental aspects of an equity strategy – deep community engagement and participation, strong youth, family and resident voice, shared accountability, building on community assets and strengths, and strong partnerships.

Complete the workshop application online by clicking here 

The goals for the National Forum are:

  1. Bring increased national attention to the community schools as a ground-level equity strategy, and a vehicle for achieving key national goals, and addressing the opportunity gap.  
  2. Help bring greater visibility and understanding of community schools to policy makers, administrators, and the public, at the state and local level in Ohio. We are committed to helping set the stage for future state action.
  3. Improve practice in the planning, operations, and evaluation of community schools, as well as enhanced capacity among local and state leaders to build a scaled up system of community schools.  We have the technology to scale up and need to build the will.
  4. Deepen participant’s ability to implement various components of a community schools (e.g., early childhood, youth and family engagement, expanded learning opportunities, health, and social supports, etc.), and highlight activities that ensure the provision of quality supports and opportunities for young people, their families and communities.

Complete the workshop application online by clicking here 

Please note, you will not have the ability to review your application before it is submitted. We strongly encourage you to download and review the materials (WORD or PDF) prior to starting the process online.

Submission deadline is Friday, October 4, 2013, 11:59 PM EST

Design the Logo for the Community Schools National Forum!

The Coalition for Community Schools is looking to its partners, friends and students to help design the logo for the Community Schools National Forum which will be in Cincinnati, OH April 9-11, 2014.

The logo should illustrate the theme of this year's national forum: 
Opportunity for All: Community Schools The Engine for Change 

The winning design will be used on website, posters, email and featured prominently at the National Forum.
The artist and/or program will be credited on the poster, and the image will be featured on our website.            

  1. Drawings can be either horizontal or vertical. 
  2. The logo will be produced in both black and white and in full color. Bold colors will come out better than light colors. 
  3. Please keep in mind that the artwork will be scanned into a computer; textures or raised surfaces may present a problem. 
  4. Please include the name and contact information of the artist/illustrator. 
  5. Entries may be submitted electronically or by mail by Sept 13, 2013.

Electronically: Send the image or link to
Mail: The Coalition for Community Schools, 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW | Suite 100 | Washington, DC 20008-2304

Questions? Contact Brent Schondelmeyer at (816) 410-8350 or

The winning logo will be selected by the Coalition for Community Schools Steering Committee in September. The winning selection will receive a free registration to the National Forum or an iPad.

We are open to any kinds of visual representation that captures this bold theme. We will also share the various submissions on the Coalition's website and during the National Forum.

This idea was inspired by the approach taken by our friends and partners at the Afterschool Alliance which sponsors a student poster contest for its annual Lights on Afterschool event. You can see a gallery of their submissions at 


Click here to read more news....

Research & Resources


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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