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Philadelphia schools using a community school approach to improve behavioral health access

After considering input from community members Kensington and William Cramp Elementary School in North Philadelphia have placed their focus on three main issues involving behavioral health in the schools: removing the stigma of seeking help, bringing more resources into the schools, and connecting parents with services outside the schools. Read More >

Baltimore city schools are implementing behavioral health programs

Grants received by Baltimore City are allowing schools and the Health Department a chance to concentrate on behavioral health services in traumatized neighborhoods, benefiting 13 schools and over 4,600 students. Read More >

Massena Central School Board approves creation of new community schools site coordinator position

The superintendent of Massena Central School District has announced the creation of a new position for community schools site coordinator, that will be a civil service position. Read More >

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 >

Students Perform Better at Community Schools According to a New Brief

The 26-page brief, “Community Schools: An Evidence-based Strategy for Equitable School Improvement,” found that schools that collaborate with nonprofits and government agencies to provide extra on-campus services in many cases showed increases in attendance, graduation rates and academic achievement, especially in math and reading. Read More >

New York City has Doubled Down on its Approach to High-Need Schools. A New Study says that Bet Could Pay Off

The report, from the Learning Policy Institute, looked at 125 studies on the impact of community schools and found that in many cases, the programs are correlated with improved student outcomes. Read More >

Education Week: Community Schools Are an Effective School Improvement Strategy, Brief Says

A survey of existing data suggests community schools could meet the standard of an "evidence-based" school improvement intervention under the Every Student Succeeds Act Read More >

Community Schools Awards for Excellence Wrap-Up

Evidence and inspiring stories of opportunity and support were highlighted in the bi-annual Community Schools Awards for Excellence Symposium on June 5, 2017 at the National Press Club. Read More >

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