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Community Schools Fact Sheet(Coalition for Community Schools)          93.2 KB

01/01/09    Coalition for Community Schools

Do you have questions about community schools? What they are? How they function? This list of "Frequently Asked Questions" provides answers to these and other questions. If you still have questions that weren't answered, please email us at:

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Community Schools Across the Nation(Coalition for Community Schools)           

01/01/09    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Today, there are a number of national mod­els and local initiatives that create their own flavor of community school. This brief provides an over­view of leading initiatives.

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Addressing Barriers to Learning          340.7 KB

06/01/07    UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools

This tool discusses comprehensive, integrated approaches for addressing barriers to learning. It also has a set of surveys covering six program areas and the leadership and coordination systems every school must evolve to enable effective learning. The six program areas are: classroom-focused enabling; crisis assistance and prevention; support for transitions; home involvement in schooling; student and family assistance programs and services; and community outreach for involvement and support.

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Community & Family Engagement: Principals Share What Works (Amy C. Berg, Atelia Melaville and Martin J. Blank)           

10/01/06    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Principals are increasingly turning to the community to help them engage families, share resources and meet standards. Informed by the work of principals, this paper finds six keys to community engagement that help school leaders engage families, staff, partners and the larger community in the life of the school.

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Community-Based Learning: Engaging Students for Success and Citizenship(Martin J. Blank, Amy Berg, and Atelia Melaville)          1.4 MB

01/02/06    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Research shows that as many as 60% of all students are disengaged from learning. A study funded by the Gates Foundation, highlights disengagement as a key factor in the dropout rate. This report makes the case that community-based learning, addresses the problems of boredom and disengagement. Community-based learning involves students in real-world problem solving that is relevant and meaningful as part of the curriculum during and after school. Read more...

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Engaging the Community: Strategies that Work(Atelia Melaville and Martin J. Blank )          2.3 MB

01/01/05    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership and Cable in the Classroom

This Summer 2005 issue of Threshold Magazine on engaging the community and leaders. A featured article, “Engaging the Community: Strategies that Work,” identifies leadership strategies for engaging community stakeholders to create effective community schools. Building upon the points made in the article, the magazine features a helpful pull-out diagram which identifies key stakeholders and illustrates how all community leaders can contribute to creating improved conditions for student learning.

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Health and Fitness Influence Learning and Academic Achievement (John P. Allegrante)           

12/01/04    Education Week

This Ed Week article discusses the implications of cutting physical education programs in public schools. This commentary underscores the importance of integrating health and physical fitness into the school and argues that research shows physical activity and nutrition are important components in academic achievement.

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Multiple Measures(Ronald A. Wolk)           

10/01/04    Education Week

This Ed Week article critiques America's unnecessary, detrimental "obsession" with standardized testing. Wolk contends that education has shifted its focus from standard-based reform to test-based reform, largely due to punitive regulations set by the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Community Involvement: A Win-Win Approach To School Facilities Planning          3.5 MB

04/01/04    Association of School Business Officials International

This article offers "how to" of involving community members in planning a school facility has not been practically explored. It provides a conceptual framework of how to involve the community by initiating a win-win approach to school facility planning.

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Community Schools: Engaging Parents and Families          385.1 KB

01/01/04    National PTA

This article includes lessons for PTAs and local community groups on how community schools help engage families.

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Strengthening Families, Strengthening Schools Toolkit(Annie E. Casey Foundation)           

01/01/04    Annie E. Casey Foundation

As part of its Making Connections Initiative, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has developed this toolkit. The kit includes information and resources to help schools work in partnership with families and communities - to strengthen families, strengthen schools, and help children do better. You will find examples of schools that work in partnership with families, practical ideas for work in schools, and ideas for families about working with schools.

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Student Voices Count           

05/01/03    Kids First/REAL HARD

Oakland students working with REAL HARD, a youth leadership organization, wanted to increase student participation and decision-making in their public high schools. In the fall of 2003, they conducted a city-wide survey of 1000 students to find out what students thought of their education, including everything from school staff, teaching and counseling, student leadership and relations, school facilities and safety, and beyond. Read more...

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Advocate's Media Toolkit - Messaging           

05/01/03    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Use the talking points found in this toolkit to inform and influence your local community about the benefits of community schools.

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Template Editorial Board Memo           

01/01/03    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Use this template memo to ask your local newspaper editorial board for a meeting to discuss their coverage of education and how your community school offers the solution for addressing achievement gap as discussed in the ETS publication, Parsing the Achievement Gap. This memo can be used when there is any story about education in your local paper.

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A Guide for New Site Councils(Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation)           

01/01/03    Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation, Evansville, IN

This brochure lists a number of points to consider in order to guarantee well-run, inclusive site team meetings. P. 2.

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A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achieveme(Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp )           


This new report summarizes 41 of the best research studies on how active parent, family and community participation impacts student achievement. It also examines effective strategies to connect schools, families and community and parent and community organizing efforts to improve schools.

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Partnerships by Design: Cultivating Effective and Meaningful School-Family-Community Partnerships(Debbie Ellis and Kendra Hughes )           


A tool for schools hoping to build more effective and meaningful school-family-community partnerships. Helps schools assess their approaches and implement more effective activities. Includes forms to help schools and organizations write their own plans. P. 56.

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Education and Community Building: Connecting Two Worlds           

01/01/01    Institute for Educational Leadership

This publication breaks new ground by helping educators and community leaders understand and respect the assets and talents that each brings to the goal of improving student learning. It presents several "sticking points" and identifies "rules of engagement" to facilitate better communication between school and community. P. 48. To order a copy for $7 contact

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Just Waiting to Be Asked? A Fresh Look at Attitudes on Public Engagement          601.4 KB

01/01/01    Public Agenda

Study summarizes the results of surveys of superintendents, school board members, teachers, parents and the public at large. This analysis of the attitudinal predisposition of key players shares lessons about the opportunities and obstacles that public engagement efforts may face. $10. For more information call, (212) 686-6610.

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Community Organizing for Urban School Reform(Dennis Shirley)           


"Using a case study approach, Dennis Shirley describes how working-class parents, public school teachers, clergy, social workers, business partners, and a host of other engaged citizens have worked to improve education in inner-city schools… Provides a striking point of contrast to orthodox models of change and places the political empowerment of low-income parents at the heart of genuine school improvement and civic renewal." P. 352.

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Strong Families, Strong Schools: Building Community Partnerships for Learning           

01/03/94    U.S. Department of Education

This document cites various successful parent training initiatives and provides helpful resources for increasing parent involvement and leadership.

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Latino Family Outreach          29.2 KB

    Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN), Portland, OR

This document created by SUN lists the basic responsibilities of a school's community partner in a Latino family outreach effort, as well as the expected outputs/outcomes, and reporting requirements for the program.

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Revitalization by Design(Stephanie Davis )           


This manual is intended to be used by parents, teachers, school administrators, students, community organizations and residents as a guide to identifying, planning, implementing, and maintaining large- and small-scale school improvement projects. Available from the State of Maryland, Public School Construction Program at 410-767-0617.

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What if...(Steven Bingler )           


This publication addresses the need to counteract the current model of community sprawl by designing smarter schools and community growth strategies, and the changes in planning, policies, and practices needed to achieve these goals. Several actions are recommended. Read to find out more...

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For Generations to Come: A Community Leadership Guide to Renew Public School Buildings          681.8 KB

    The 21st Century School Fund

This guide provides a framework and a five-step process for community involvement in the complex venture of modernizing or building new public school buildings. Available at 202-745-3745

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Community-Driven School Reform: Parents Making a Difference in Education           

    The Charles Steward Mott Foundation

This report illustrates community-driven reform models by describing the movements of PACT, a faith-based community organizing group, and several other success stories, each with their own method of organizing around education

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Building a Community School: A Parent's Guide           

    The Children's Aid Society and the Coalition for Community Schools

For concerned, active parents who believe that their school can be more and do more for children, families and the whole community. It introduces the community school approach, explains its benefits for parents and children, and offers some simple steps parents can take to begin turning their school into a community school.

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Are Schools Ready for Families?: Case Studies In School-Family Relationships(Helen Nissani )           

    Family Support America

This discussion paper addresses the issue of how family support is expressed in school based/community school settings. Two of the schools used in the paper, Howe Elementary School in Green Bay, WI and Elliot Elementary School in Lincoln, NE, are schools that were highlighted in the Coalition's Making the Difference report.

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New Skills for New Schools: Preparing Teachers in Family Involvement(Angela Shartrand, Heather Weiss, Holly Kreider, and M. Elena Lopez )           

    Harvard Family Research Project

This paper offers a discussion of parent involvement considerations for professional development programs. Harvard Family Research Project.

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Community Use of Schools: Policy Issues            

    National Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (NCEF)

Here you will find NCEF's resource list on policy issues concerning the community use of school buildings and grounds during and after school hours, including examples of joint use agreements.

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Leave No Child and No Family Behind           

    National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University

This Web site assists schools, districts and state departments of education in meeting and exceeding requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. NNPS provides manuals, resources, evaluation opportunities and on-going professional development for strengthening and maintaining programs of school, family and community partnerships. Read more...

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School Neighborhood Advisory Committees           

    Lincoln Community Learning Centers

This document discusses the principles, membership and participation, purpose, reporting requirements, program planning, and budget development aspects of school neighborhood advisory committees under the Community Learning Center model.

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Job Description: Family and Volunteer Involvement Coordinator          12.3 KB

    Linkages to Learning

This document outlines the vision of the family and volunteer involvement plan; the purpose of the coordinator position; and the duties, qualifications, and times requirements of the position.

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