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Full-service community schooling is bringing the middle-class to David R. Lopez Community School at Edgemere

The transformation of a school at Edgemere was due to the efforts of dedicated educators and their embrace of full-service community schooling. Where they adopted holistic, science-based policies that are the opposite of the teach-to-the-test approach that previously undermined the school. Read More >

How one school relies on restorative justice to improve school climate

A Minneapolis High School shifts away from traditional discipline strategies and has implemented restorative justice, mindfulness, and relationship building practices to improve school climate. Read More >

Community School Strategies are Embraced in the Los Angeles Unified School District

The Los Angeles Board of Education voted to encourage more schools to transform themselves into Community Schools. Endorsing Community Schooling is an innovative and “holistic” approach to student success by transforming schools into neighborhood hubs for children, families and civic partners. Read More >

Aligning Networks to Enable Every Student to Thrive

The Coalition for Community Schools, Communities In Schools and StriveTogether - have been making measurable progress toward educational equity. Now we come together to say explicitly that we can achieve our shared goals more effectively if we align our assets and expertise across networks, across school districts, and across communities. Read More >

Beyond Involvement and Engagement: The Role of the Family in School–Community Partnerships

Research indicates that partnerships between schools and neighborhood communities support student learning, improve schools, and strengthen families and neighborhoods. These partnerships expand the traditional educational mission of the school to include health and social services for children and their families and to involve the broader community. Read More >

Cherryland Elementary - Hayward, California: Helping Children and Staff Cope with Trauma Through Partnerships

As the bus approached Cherryland Elementary School, members of the Community Schools Leadership Network were greeted by a swarm of staff members wearing red and white cougar hats and jackets. Students waved enthusiastically, excited to see the new faces. Read More >

Community schools: A place-based approach to education and neighborhood change

The institutions of a neighborhood are vital to its health and economic strength, and public schools are one of the most important shared institutions. They function not only as centers for providing education but also as hubs for communities to organize a range of supports and opportunities for children and their families. Read More >

West Virginia Board of Education Approves Community Schools Plan For McDowell County Public Schools

The West Virginia Board of Education today unanimously approved a community schools plan for the McDowell County Public Schools, marking one of Reconnecting McDowell’s most significant efforts thus far to improve the education, health and well-being of the county’s students and their families. The American Federation of Teachers played an important role in this work. AFT is a national partner of the Coalition for Community Schools. Read More >

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