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The Growing Convergence of Community Schools and Expanded Learning Opportunities(Reuben Jacobson, Shama S. Jamal, Linda Jacobson, Martin J. Blank)          2.8 MB

12/03/13    Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership

This report captures the scope and nature of expanded learning opportunities in community school partnerships and to identify the state-of-the-art ELO practices that community schools are implementing.

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The Growing Convergence of Community Schools and Expanded Learning Opportunities

Financing Community Schools(Martin J Blank, Reuben Jacobson, Atelia Melaville, Sarah S. Pearson)          8.1 MB

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. The report draws on survey results and case studies from a sample of experienced community schools--both individual sites as well as district-sponsored initiatives.

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Financing Community Schools

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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CSBA Policy Brief, October 2010(California School Boards Association)          174.1 KB

10/10/10    California School Boards Association with the support of The California Endowment

School boards can play a pivotal leadership role in ensuring that schools are effective community centers that provide a hub for a wide range of coordinated services to help families and empower parents and their students. [Truly effective community schools are... a strategic effort to link the academic program of the school with a set of support services driven by assessing the needs of school families.”] — Ed Honowitz Pasadena Unified School Board Member

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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 and Promise Neighborhoods          32.2 KB

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

This brief shows how community schools can and should be an integral part of any Promise Neighborhood. All Promise Neighborhood applicants should delineate how they will facilitate schools, regardless of type, becoming centers of their community, through mobilizing and leveraging community assets. The goals must include not only improving academic achievement, but also promoting the social, emotional, physical and civic development of young people, their families & other community residents.

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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: 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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The Community Agenda for America's Public Schools(The Coalition for Community Schools)           

09/22/08    The Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

The challenges our nation faces in educating all of our young people are alarming. The Community Agenda offers common results and solutions, along with actions that YOU can take to help the youth of our nation. Learn more about the results we seek, the strategies to reach the results, actions, and policy recommendations.

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The Community Agenda for America's Public Schools

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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Using CDBG to Support Community-Based Youth Programs          915.2 KB

01/01/08    The Finance Project

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) are an important tool for helping local governments & agencies address challenges facing youth. This brief provides policymakers, stakeholders, community leaders, and program developers working in or with community-based youth programs with a basic understanding of how CDBG is structured, how community-based youth programs fit into CDBG purposes and activities, and how communities nationwide are using CDBG to support youth initiatives.

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Using CDBG to Support Community-Based Youth Programs

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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Growing Community Schools: The Role of Cross-Boundary Leadership( Martin J. Blank, Amy Berg and Atelia Melaville)          290.0 KB

04/01/06    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Leaders from schools, cities, and counties across the nation are working together in new ways to "grow" community schools. This report profiles 11 communities where this work is taking place. These leaders are installing and increasing the numbers of community schools as quickly as possible, using a powerful vision with a clear focus on results and an effort to make the best possible use of all the assets their communities can offer.

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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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Doing What Matters: The Bridges to Success Strategy for Building Community Schools          1.3 MB

01/01/04    Bridges to Success

Divided into three parts, the first covering community schools philosophy, the history of Bridges to Success, primary strategies for school community collaboration, core features of BTS, and examples of system-wide partnerships; the second covering adaptation and replication of BTS, governance, planning, staffing, and evaluation; the third covering long term sustainability and expansion.

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Making the Difference - Executive Summary(Bela P. Shah & Martin J. Blank)          319.6 KB

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

No school --or principal--can meet all the needs of every student. Fortunately, they don't have to. Principals from East Hartford High School (CT) and Carson High School (CA) share how building community schools has strengthened their ability to serve their students.

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Using Title I to Support Out-of-School Time and Community School Initiatives          644.0 KB

01/01/03    The Finance Project

This strategy brief first presents an overview of the Title I program, emphasizing its use for extended learning through out-of-school time and Community School initiatives. It then highlights three strategies community leaders, program developers, and school officials can employ to access these funds to support out-of-school time and community school initiatives.

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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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Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America           

01/01/03    President Bush's Freedom Commission on Mental Health

In the final report from the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, four recommendations are given to achieve the goal of transforming mental health care in America: Promote the mental health of young children; Improve and expand school mental health programs; Screen for co-occurring mental and substance use disorders and link with integrated treatment strategies; and Screen for mental disorders in primary health care, across the life span, and connect to treatment and supports.

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Developing Effective Partnerships to Support Local Education          102.4 KB

06/03/02    School Communities that Work: A National Task Force on the Future of Urban Districts

An initiative of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, this publication identifies new approaches to building partnerships between districts and organizations serving children, youth and families.

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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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Building a Community School           

09/03/01    The Children's Aid Society

This publication provides a detailed look at the of the Children's Aid Society (CAS) in New York City and offers suggestions for building and sustaining partnerships, planning a community school program and funding these efforts. It also situates the community schools approach in the context of 21st century realities and provides new chapters outlining the research base that supports the CAS community school model and greater detail on available funding resources.

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Desktop Reference for No Child Left Behind           

    U.S. Department of Education

This 180-page desktop reference manual to No Child Left Behind offers a program-by-program look at the major reforms under the law. For each section of the landmark law, the manual explains the purpose of the program, what's new in the law, how the program works, key requirements, how to achieve quality, how performance is measured, and key activities and responsibilities for state education departments.

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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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Community Schools: Promoting Student Success - A Rationale and Results Framework(Coalition for Community Schools)          337.5 KB

    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

The purpose of this document is twofold: First, to outline a rationale for the community school as a primary vehicle for increasing student success and strengthening families and community; and secondly, to define specific results that community schools seek—both in terms of how they function and in relationship to the well being of students, families and communities.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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