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                                                             ESSA Resources

On December 10, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
that replaced No Child Left Behind as our main federal education law. See below for
Coalition updates and coverage on the law and what it means for community schools.

                                                          Action Alerts 2017 

Action Alert: Reach out to your Senators and Congresspersons to Protect the Multiple programs that Support Community Schools

"The Importance of Stakeholder Engagement": People support what they create. This quote by well-known management consultant Margaret Wheatley guides our thinking on stakeholder engagement in ESSA. We can only realize the true potential of this law to support all students to succeed when state and district leaders meaningfully engage a broad range of stakeholders throughout the planning and implementation process. We encourage you to review these resources on stakeholder engagement:

Coalition Guidance:
StakeHolder Engagement

In Education Week, Martin Blank has written an article with Kent McGuire entitled
 ESSA's Success Requires Stakeholder Engagement, which highlights the need for organizers and education stakeholders to focus on engaging community members and business leaders.

Partners For Each and Every Child: The Case For Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement
Partners For Each and Every Child: A Handbook For Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement

                                                                    Coalition Resources

StakeHolder Engagement
Local Title I Planning In ESSA

Coalition Webinar: The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that replaced No Child Left Behind contains key provisions that advance the principle that partnerships among school, family and community are essential for student success. Learn what this new law means for community schools and more broadly, for strengthening school-community partnerships to help students succeed. Listen to the coalition's webinar's on the new ESSA law. 

Webinar #1: An Overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act and What It Means for Community-School Partnerships
Webinar #2: The Every Student Succeeds Act, Title I: Opportunities for Community-School Partnerships
Webinar #3: ESSA: Opportunities for Community-School Partnerships

Coalition’s Title I Comments to ED:
 On January 21 the Coalition submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in response to their request for comments on Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Over 200 individuals or organizations have commented, and you can read the comments here

Our comments seek to strengthen through regulations the following areas in Title I that are key to community schools:

  • Inclusion and consultation of community partners

  • Non-academic indicator(s)

  • Conditions for Learning, Comprehensive Needs Assessment, and Resource Inequities

  • Schoolwide Programs

On January 11 the Coalition shared our draft of these comments at the U.S. Department of Education along with other advocates and partners. Read our draft comments here. ED’s website on all things ESSA, including a recording of the public hearings on Title I that took place in D.C. (where CCS commented) and L.A. can be found here.

Huffington Post Commentary: Mary Kingston Roche, Director of Public Policy, wrote a blog on how the Every Student Succeeds Act is an opportunity to step up together and districts like Oakland are showing us how.

Martin Blank also wrote a commentary on ESSA entitled 
Measuring School Quality: Non-Academic Measures in the Every Student Succeeds Act available at the huffingtonpost. 

Coalition Press Release, December 10: New Federal Education Law Boosts Community Schools

Coalition Blast to the Field, December 10: ESEA Reauthorization a Game Changing Moment for Community Schools

Martin Blank, has also released an ESSA commentary in the Washington Post, entitled, "Is a new day dawning with No Child Left Behind's successor law?" The blog discusses ways we can move forward with the bill, and provide new direction for our schools.

                                                         Department of Education Resources: 

ESSA FAQS:  The Department of Ed has posted a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on their website concerning the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that can help you learn more about ESSA and answer any general questions you may have. 

The U.S. Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance to help ensure young children from birth through third-grade get the strong start they need to achieve success in school and in life. The guidance suggests full-service community schools as a strategy as it often relies on early-childhood and pre-school providers as strong partners. You can read the full guidance here

                                                                         Partner Resources:

We have compiled resources from several of our partners in regards to ESSA. We encourage you to review them, and if you are a partner, to send us your resources to put on this page. 

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