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Vol. XI Issue 1 January 2014

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Vol. XI Issue 1 January 2014

In this Issue

  • NBC News highlights Community School in Albuquerque
  • Top Ten Highlights for Community Schools
  • Report: Achieving Ambitious Educational Outcomes through School and Community Partnerships
  • Upcoming Webinar
  • Events
  • Register Today: 2014 Community Schools National Forum
  • News & Resources
Upcoming Webinar: The Promise of Universities in School Reform
January 31st at 3pm EST

With highlights from the recent issue of the Peabody Journal of Education, The Promise of Universities in School Reform, the webinar will provide case studies of the role of various higher education institutions in supporting schools. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Anchor Institution Task Force, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership. 

Speakers include:
  • Dr. Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President and Director, Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Henry Taylor, Founding Director, Center for Urban Studies, University of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)
  • Dr. Mary Walsh, Department Director, Boston College Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College (Boston, MA)
  • Dr. Robert Kronick, Director of University-Assisted Community Schools, University of Tennessee Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)

Please click here to register for this webinar.


Events

Join the Coalition for Community Schools in partnership with the Cincinnati Public Schools and the Community Learning Centers Institute for the 2014 National Forum.   

Come hear from Distinguished Speakers
Current plenary speaker invitees include—Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers; Chris Edley, The Equity and Excellence Commission; and more!

REGISTER TODAY!!

We hope to see you all in Cincinnati!
NBC News highlights Community Schools: Starting 2014 with a Hurrah!  

NBC Nightly News reporter Chelsea Clinton highlights a local community school’s Homework Diner program in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Manzano Mesa Elementary School started the Homework Diner program as a six-week pilot program in 2012. The program aimed at increasing homework completion and improving the culture of the school community. With approximately 67% of students eligible for free and reduced lunch and 2 out of 3 students living in hunger, the program also set out to address the significant nutritional barriers to learning.

Watch Chelsea Clinton interview Principal Peggy Candelaria and Community School Coordinator Deanna Creighton Cook talk about the Homework Diner program and community school strategy. Principal Candelaria and Coordinator Cook will be presenting at the National Forum in Cincinnati, OH. So, don't forget to register!

"We are very proud that NBC visited Manzano Mesa, one of our most successful community schools. The Homework Diner program was created by the Community School Council comprised of teachers, the principal, parents, many partners, and community members," said José Muñoz, Executive Director of theAlbuquerque-Bernalillo County (ABC) Community School Partnership. There are 10 community schools participating in the ABC Community School Partnership and growing interest around the region. We are very thankful for leadership of the principal, Peggy Candelaria, and the Community School Coordinator, Deanna Creighton Cook."

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2013 Top Ten Highlights for Community Schools


A "top ten" list below offers a summary of our most compelling developments in 2013. Going into 2014, we are excited about the commitment from our over 200 partners and community school leaders on the ground who demonstrate that the community schools strategy harnesses the collective efforts of a community to provide students the full range of services and opportunities they need and deserve to thrive in school and in life.

  1. The number of community school initiatives across the country continues to grow, and our network strengthens: In 2013, we grew to 88 communities across the country that are implementing a community school strategy, versus 33 communities in 2007. 
  2. States charging ahead in legislation and funding to support community schools: 2013 saw 2 states approve funding for community schools (New York and D.C.); 2 states pass legislation explicitly recommending the community school strategy (Connecticut and New Mexico); and several states develop initiatives to build capacity.
  3. Cincinnati draws attention as a premier model from the Coalition and The New York Times: In 2013, Cincinnati’s Community Learning Centers (CLCs) were recognized by the Coalition’s National Awards for Excellence as one of two outstanding community school initiatives (along with Hartford, CT) for its exemplary results and growth. 
  4. Superintendents become stronger champions of community schools, and our other networks grow: More superintendents across the country are embracing the community school strategy as a district-wide approach. Approximately 44 district leaders have committed to the Coalition’s Superintendents Leadership Council run in partnership with the AASA, the School Superintendents Association. 
  5. Media bring a sharper way to measure our impact: Community schools captured attention in the airwaves, sound waves, and print—from a multi-series feature on NPR’s Marketplace highlighting a community school in Cincinnati, OH.

Read more on the rest of our top ten developments at this link!

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New Report: Achieving Ambitious Educational Outcomes through School and Community Partnerships
In June 2013, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and the Institute for Educational Leadership convened a group of stakeholders, researchers, and practitioners in Washington, DC to discuss the role of partnerships in advancing educational opportunities for low-income children and youth in the United States. They examined topics including who participates in partnerships, what the purposes of partnerships are, and where resources for partnerships come from. The convening also discussed four next steps for policymakers, administrators, and practitioners: leadership, policy support, accountability, and implementation. 

This brief presents highlights of the keynote speech by Paul Reville, former secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Reville has extensive experience with standards-based school reform. He discussed why partnerships are essential for 21st century education reform. The summary also describes five intentional cross-sector collaborations and discusses key questions and next steps in the development of school and community partnerships. A list of participants is included, and throughout the summary participant voices are highlighted. 
 

 
News & Resources 
Intensive Small-Group Tutoring and Counseling Helps Struggling Students (New York Times)
Becoming a Man (B.A.M.) and Working on Womanhood (W.O.W.) programs have been implemented by Youth Guidance, an excellent lead partner implementing the community schools strategy at Harper High School for over ten years.

The Institute for Educational Leadership Commends Investment for Children and Youth in FY 14
The FY 2014 omnibus-the federal spending package to fund the remainder of FY 2014-was recently approved and contains big wins for programs aligned with IEL’s work. The Full-Service Community Schools program was restored at $10 million after a hiatus of funding since FY 2010.

New Resource! A Time to Act: Investing in the Health of our Children and Communities
New recommendations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America explore how we can improve health for all Americans by investing in early childhood, integrating community development and health, and linking health and health care. The report found that breaking down conventional policy-making silos and creating opportunities for better health in our neighborhoods, homes, schools, and workplaces.

New York State Announces Thirty Community School Grantees
New York State Education Department Announces Thirty Community School Grantees as part of Governor Cuomo's Community Schools Initiative. Click here for the full list of grantees.

Creating Equity and Excellence for all Schools (Catalyst Chicago)
Catalyst Chicago Op-Ed piece by Carlos Azcoitia, member of the Chicago Board of Education and a community school advocate challenging Chicago Public Schools to provide equity and excellence for all of its students in spite of the financial 

Newly-elected Mayor of New York City on Board with Community Schools (New York Times)
Mayor de Blasio in a recent interview to the New York Times spoke of his desire to slow the growth of charter schools in the city and create more community schools, 100 or so, a model that the city has invested a lot of time learning about through the Cincinnati CLC’s.

     Click here to read more news...

 
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