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Financing Community Schools: The Executive Summary          824.7 KB

11/30/10    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

This report looks at how community schools finance their work. It describes the resources, partnerships, and activities community schools generate with the dollars they have; where monies come from; and the mechanisms community schools use to leverage additional funding and build their capacity to achieve agreed upon results.

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Healthier Students Are Better Learners(Charles Basch)          691.3 KB

03/01/10    A Research Initiative of the Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University

No matter how well teachers are prepared to teach, no matter what accountability measures are put in place, no matter what governing structures are established for schools, educational progress will be profoundly limited if students are not motivated and able to learn. Health-related problems play a major role in limiting the motivation and ability to learn of urban minority youth, and interventions to address those problems can improve educational as well as health outcomes.

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Healthier Students Are Better Learners

Surrounded by Support           

07/08/09    American Federation of Teachers

The Summer 2009 Issue of AFT's American Educator Magazine is dedicated to community schools. Educators know that many non-school factors—like untreated asthma, undiagnosed vision problems, and unrelenting poverty—hinder students’ academic success. But instead of tossing up their hands in frustration, educators all over the country are reaching out to community groups that can help solve these problems.

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Surrounded by Support

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: ccs@iel.org.

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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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Closing the Achievement Gap: School, Community, Family Connections          747.1 KB

01/01/08    The Annie E. Casey Foundation

This publication provides an in-depth look at Casey’s support of community schools, including selected results and lessons learned. It also includes stories about one California school district’s innovative parent engagement policy, the Harlem Children’s Zone Practitioners Institute, parent organizing in Texas and Denver, and the Foundation’s contributions to results measurement in the connections field.

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All Together Now: Sharing Responsibility for the Whole Child(Martin J. Blank and Amy Berg)           

07/01/06    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

This paper was commissioned by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the largest national professional development organization in education, as part of their work around the concept of supporting the Whole Child.

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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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Promising Practices in Citywide Afterschool Initiatives          27.6 KB

06/01/04    Bay Area Partnership, California

This piece features promising practices in city-wide afterschool initiatives with a focus at the infrastructure level. Elements include communication systems, public relations, leadership models, information collection activities, resource distribution, goal setting, sustainability planning, linkage to resources, etc. This report covers the most promising examples of infrastructure development that strengthen and support citywide afterschool initiatives.

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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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Sharing Classroom Space in After School Programs(Hayin Kim )          53.4 KB

01/01/04    Children's Aid Society

Sharing space and resources is a fundamental component of community schools. Bringing together a wide range of services in one facility is cost-effective and provides a natural outreach mechanism. However, weaving theory into practice requires patience, open communication and courtesy. Here are key lessons learned and anecdotes on sharing classroom space between regular school day staff and extended day staff. They reflect the hands-on experience of people working in afterschool programs.

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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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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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Safe & Sound Guide: Educational Leader's Guide to Evidence-Based Social & Emotional Learning Program           

01/01/03    Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

This guide provides a road map for schools and districts that are launching or adding social, emotional, and academic learning programs. The guide reviews 80 multi-year, sequenced Social and Emotional Learning programs designed for use in general education classrooms.

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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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High School After-school: What it is? What might it be? Why it is important?           

01/01/03    Forum for Youth Investment

The conceptual and practical leaps from programming for elementary and middle school students to high school students are significant, and the marketing challenges are huge. To support policy makers, program leaders and advocates in making decisions related to high school after-school, this commentary summarizes what we know and answers some basic but important questions.

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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 )           

12/31/02    

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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Community Schools: A Vision of Learning That Goes Beyond Testing (Martin J. Blank and Ira Harkavy)          99.1 KB

04/01/02    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Research and experience confirm what common sense suggests: What happens outside the classroom is every bit as important as what happens inside.

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Using NCLB to Improve Student Achievement: An Action Guide for Community and Parent Leaders          555.2 KB

01/01/02    Public Education Network

This action guide by the Public Education Network cuts through education jargon and explains the law's new requirements for states, districts and schools in clear terms. It is organized as an easy-to-use professional development tool for administrators and teachers and prioritizes 10 major areas in the law where the public should concentrate its action.

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Intermediary Guidebook: Making and Managing Community Connections for Youth            

01/01/00    Jobs for the Future and New Ways to Work, School-to-Work Intermediary Project

This guidebook is designed for people and organizations who are engaging in partnerships designed to promote young people's self-confidence about their abilities, increase their connections to adults and opportunities, and foster the academic and work-related competencies they need to succeed.

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Community Schools: Partnerships for Excellence           530.6 KB

    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Community schools are a set of partnerships & a place where services, supports, & opportunities lead to improved learning, stronger families & healthier communities. Public schools are the hub for inventive, enduring relationships, families, volunteers, business, health & social service agencies, youth development organizations, & others committed to children. They are changing the educational landscape - permanently - by transforming traditional schools into partnerships for excellence.

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Creating a Culture of Attachment: A Community-as-Text Approach to Learning(Milbrey McLaughlin and Martin J. Blank)           

    John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University, in Stanford, California and the Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Education Week, in its November 10, 2004 issue has published a commentary by Milbrey Mclaughlin and Martin Blank. This commentary reflects the Coalition's perspective that engaging and motivating young people to learn is essential for their academic and life success. It argues that for most young people, learning matters when it is personal, has meaning to them and serves a purpose.

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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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Mapping Progress of Local Education Funds in the School and Community Initiative          39.9 KB

    Network for Safe and Healthy Children

This is a planning tool that divides the work towards goals into beginning, intermediate, and advanced stages in the categories of governance, relationships, service provision, and funding.

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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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Schools Designed with Community Participation(Henry Sanoff )           

    

This publication presents case studies of school buildings that were designed with community and user participation as an integral part of the school planning process. P.67.

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Schools Uniting Neighborhoods: Successful Collaboration in an Environment of Constant Change(Annie E. Casey Foundation )           

    Annie E. Casey Foundation

This report focuses on the "high level of collaboration across organizational boundaries that has allowed the SUN Initiative to thrive in an environment of constant change." It discusses the role of core initiative staff, technical assistance, political champions, staff, parents, students, volunteers, and agency partners. P. 52

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Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development(Arts Educational Partnership: Council of Chief State School Officers )           

    Council of Chief State School Officers

This compendium has two purposes: 1) to recommend to researchers and funders promising lines of inquiry and study of the academic and social effects of learning in the arts and 2) to provide designers of arts education curriculum and instruction with insights found in the research that suggest strategies for deepening the arts learning experiences that are required to achieve those effects.

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Achievement Plus Strategic Plan(Achievement Plus )          90.6 KB

    

This document provides a model of a detailed plan for setting and achieving goals in the areas of curriculum and instruction, learning supports for students and families, extended learning opportunities, and governance and management.

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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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Linkages to Learning Plan for Family Involvement: Valuing Parents as Partners          30.7 KB

    Linkages to Learning

This document lists a number of general strategies for establishing trusting relationships among staff and community.

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Family Outreach          31.2 KB

    Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN), Portland, OR

This document lists the basic responsibilities of a school's community partner in a 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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