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Vol. XI Issue 2 February 2014

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Vol. XI Issue 2 February 2014

In this Issue

Upcoming Webinar: 
Strengthening Community School Partnerships: The Role of School Boards
Register here.
March 11, 3 - 4 pm EST

Learn more about the community school strategy and the crucial role of school board members, and hear from Cincinnati, OH School Board President Eve Bolton why she supports a community schools strategy and how she has led efforts to dramatically expand the strategy in Cincinnati, leading to remarkable growth in student and family outcomes and highly engaged communities.

Register here.

This is a partnership between National School Board Association and the Coalition for Community Schools.

Other Webinars:


Early Bird Rates Extended to Monday, March 10th!  

We hope to see you all in Cincinnati!
Opportunity to Learn Campaign: New Infographic highlights Community Schools as an Alternative to School Closure  
Alternative to Closure - Community Schools

The Opportunity to Learn campaign, a partner of the Coalition for Community Schools, highlights community schools as the alternative to closing schools. They believe that public schools are the heart of every community, a place where the next generation of leaders learn and grow. It provides the space for parents, teachers and community members to collaborate to support their children. When schools lack resources, however, policymakers have increasingly turned to mass closures as a solution. This is disproportionately affecting students of color and students from low-income families. There are better ways to support our schools and our children. 

Click here to view the infographic.

Mayor Bill de Blasio Focuses on Community Schools in New York City

Community schools are high on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's education agenda; an agenda that he made a commitment to during his campaign and is now taking action on.

De Blasio's recent appointment of Richard Buery as the deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives strengthens his vision and plan to implement 100 more community schools in the city. Buery's expertise and former work as chief executive officer at the Children's Aid Society will provide the foundation for a strategic expansion of community schools across the city. Children's Aid Society is a national model for implementing community schools in New York City and houses the National Center for Community Schools. It is a founding partner of the Coalition for Community Schools.

De Blasio's community schools agenda is connected to his priority to provide universal prekindergarten to all New York City children. A number of community school initiatives, including programs in Tulsa, Okla.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Hartford, Conn. are building "linkages" between early childhood and community schools that ensures a continuity and seamless alignment of support for children and their families.

De Blasio was not only inspired by the great progress in New York City. He also took the time during the mayoral campaign to visit Cincinnati's community schools, known as Community Learning Centers, where he saw what can happen when a whole community comes together to support its schools and their students and families. Learn more about Cincinnati's powerful work at the 2014 Community Schools National Forum from April 9–11 that is being held in that city.

Mayor De Blasio's implementation of 100 community schools in New York City is part of a growing movement and interest across the state and in communities across the country. The development and growth of community schools is a sign that school-community partnerships are becoming a mainstream idea in education reform.

*This was posted on the ASCD Whole Child Blog.
Ellen DeGeneres donates to McAuliffe Elementary School, a Community School in the Tulsa Area Community School Initiative

Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show) surprises McAuliffe Elementary, a community school in the Tulsa Area Community School Initiative, with a bookmobile van, each student a $25 Target gift card (700 students), and $25,000 for online book ordering at a reduced price. Thank you to Ashley Kirby Thomas, Principal Rita Martin, and Community School Coordinator Emma Thadani for all their hard work! Watch the video here! 


News & Resources 
NEW: Research Report on Integrated Student Supports (ISS) approach by ChildTrends: A new report concludes that there is growing evidence of effectiveness of integrated student supports (ISS), one important aspect of many community schools. In their review of 11 rigorous evaluations, researchers from ChildTrends found evidence that community schools reduce grade retention and dropout while increasing attendance, math achievement, and grade point average. Read the report and sign up for the accompanying webinar on March 6th at 2.30pm EST.

Funding Source: Congress Appropriates $10 million for Full-Service Community Schools: The Full-Service Community Schools program, not funded by Congress since FY 2010, received $10 million in the omnibus. This is a testament to the mounting evidence in the field of the impact of community schools, as well the advocacy by partners in IEL’s Coalition for Community Schools.

New Resource: CCS Partnership Community Schools Toolkit: The Cities Counties Schools (CCS) Partnership released an online toolkit that aims to help local agency elected officials and staff understand, support and build community schools partnerships. The toolkit is filled with resources that offer strategies, examples of successful partnerships in urban, suburban and rural communities, lessons learned, and templates for different types of community schools partnerships. 

IEL/Education Week Blog: Planning for Life After High School: Curtis Richards, director of the Center for Workforce Development at the Institute for Educational Leadership and V. Scott Solberg, associate dean for research at Boston University School of Education co-author an Education Week blog about the use of individualized learning plans (ILPs) to ensure all students are career-ready. 

Union, Faith Group Promote Community Schools Action Plan for Struggling Schools in Milwaukee, WI: Learning from both Cincinnati Community Learning Centers and Kent School Services Network in Grand Rapids, MI, teacher unions and faith-based groups promote the community schools strategy as an action plan for struggling schools in Milwaukee, WI. 

SUN Community Schools Program to add 10 sites with permanent funding, says Multnomah County Chair Marissa Madrigal: SUN Community Schools Program to add 10 sites with permanent funding, says Multnomah County Chair Marissa Madrigal 

Report says Pittsburgh Schools should be the Heart of the Community: Great Public Schools-Pittsburgh released its vision for Pittsburgh Public Schools as centers of the community (community schools).

Free Webinar: Attendance Works and Superintendent speak about Driving Chronic Absence with Data: Free webinar resource about the use of data to address chronic absence. March 11, 2014 | 1-2:15 p.m (Eastern) 10-11:15 a.m. (Pacific) 

New Video highlights Baltimore Community School, The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: New Video highlights Community School, The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, in Baltimore, MD. 

AASA Conference Panel (Audio): Family and Community Partnerships at Metro Nashville Public Schools: Virginia Pupo-Walker, executive director of family and community partnerships at Metro Nashville Public Schools, was part of Coalition partner, American Association of School Administrators, conference panel on school and community partnerships in her 83,000-student district. In this short audio clip, she discusses the use of community schools as a strategy for increasing academic achievement. Clip by Bryan Joffe. 

Oakland Community School is a Model for 9 Hour School Day: Elmhurst Community Prep is a community school with an expanded school day program in East Oakland.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Schools Promise Begins to Take Shape: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Other Education Promise Begins to Take Shape: Community schools to bring education and noneducation services to the public. New York Mayor recently announced Richard Buery, chief executive officer of the Children’s Aid Society and long-term advocate for community schools, as the deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives.

Community school a "no-brainer" at Curtis HS in Staten Island: Community school a "no-brainer" at Curtis HS in Staten Island, one of the UFT’s six pilot Community Learning Schools starting in the 2012–13 school year. 

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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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