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Community Schools: A Whole-Child Framework for School Improvement           

03/08/17    Coalition for Community Schools

In this brief the Coaliton organized the major components of a community school into a comprehensive framework.The community schools framework puts students at the center, listening to their concerns and aspirations, and responding to their life circumstances.

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Community Schools Messaging            

03/01/17    Coalition for Community Schools

Student-centered learning is echoed throughout our new Community School Messaging which explicitly identifies a Community School as a public school, a hub of its neighborhood, uniting families, educators and community partners to provide all students with top-quality academics, enrichment, health and social services, and opportunities to succeed in school and in life.

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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

The Role of Community Schools in Place-Based Initiatives(William Potapchuk)           

06/24/13    Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership PolicyLink West Coast Collaborative

Across the United States, there is tremendous excitement about strategies that weave together resources in a clearly defined “place” to collectively improve outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities. The paper explores the relationship and need for alignment between various place-based strategies within the same geographic areas. The paper demonstrates that community schools offer a powerful vision and strategy for what schools should look like in within place-based initiatives.

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Community School Results 2013(Martin J. Blank, Reuben Jacobson)          145.1 KB

06/03/13    Coalition for Community schools

The findings in this document represent some of the evidence about how a diverse set of community school initiatives (each with their own name) are preparing students to learn, helping them succeed, and preparing them for future success.

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Community School Results 2013

San Francisco Unified School District Director of Community School Job Description(San Francisco Unified School District)           

09/04/12    

The role of the Office of Community Schools solidifies partnerships both within and outside of the District, enhances communication, and creates a coordinated system of integrated services and supports across the District that optimizes the use of internal and external resources.

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San Francisco Unified School District Director of Community School Job Description

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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How Does Title I Support Community Schools?(Marty Blank & Sarah Pearson)          2.0 MB

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

This brief provides State and Local Title I Directors with a deeper understanding of the allowable uses of Title I funding for community schools. Community schools are centers of the community that support student learning and healthy development, and strengthen families and communities.

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Community Schools Evaluation Toolkit(Shital C. Shah, Katrina Brink, Rebecca London, Shelly Masur, and Gisel Quihuis)          2.0 MB

12/01/09    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership in collaboration with The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University

This Evaluation Toolkit is intended to help with that data collection and analysis. It is driven by a results framework, and offers a step-by-step explanation of evaluation approach and a menu of data collection instruments. Additionally, examples from local evaluations are included. As always the Coalition invites your comments and feedback as we seek to develop tools that support the growth and development of community schools across the nation.

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Community Schools and Community Colleges(Casey Maliszewski)           

10/12/09    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Alliances between community colleges and community schools—which work with multiple organizations to provide an array of services and support to children, families and the community—offer a unique opportunity for both institutions to better serve their service areas.

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2009 Lincoln Learning Lab Best Practices(Cathie Petch, Lea Ann Johnson, LCLC)          3.2 MB

04/27/09    Lincoln Community Learning Centers Initiative

This manual from based on the work of the Lincoln Community Learning Centers (LCLC) provides examples of various tools used by the LCLC for their community schools work. The manual contains concrete examples and tools on partnership strategies, annual planning and improvements, evaluation, etc.

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2009 Lincoln Learning Lab Best Practices

High Schools as Community Schools(Rita Axelroth)           

04/01/09    The Coalition for Community Schools in partnership with the National Association for Secondary School

The Coalition for Community Schools in partnership with the National Association for Secondary School Principals reviewed 8 community schools (Bronx, NY; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; and South King County, WA) to learn their effects on graduation and drop-out rates. They found rising graduation and college going rates and a decrease in drop-out rates. The report also finds that community schools strengths lie in their local communities.

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Community School Initiatives: State-to-State Report(Coalition for Community Schools)          462.6 KB

03/02/09    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

The concept of community school is growing in part because it represents a vehicle for aligning the assets of students, families, teachers, and the community around a common goal—improving the success of our young people. A national scan reveals that a growing movement of community schools serve an estimated 5.1 million children and youth.

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Community Schools Research Brief, 2009 (Coalition for Community Schools)           

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

Community schools across the nation purposefully integrate academ­ic, health, and social services; youth and community development; and commu­nity engagement—drawing in school partners with resources to improve student and adult learning, strengthen families, and promote healthy communities. This research brief highlights results from various community school initiatives.

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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 Handbook for State Policy Leaders(Coalition for Community Schools)          855.1 KB

07/03/02    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

The handbook is designed to help state leaders to form vital connections between schools and communities to improve student learning. It is helpful to the work of policy leaders in cities, counties, local school districts, and philanthropy.

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A Handbook for State Policy Leaders

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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Strengthening Partnerships: Community School Assessment Checklist          168.5 KB

09/01/00    The Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership and The Finance Project

Contains three tools to assist school and community leaders in creating and strengthening community school partnerships. The first helps assess the development of the partnership; the second helps take an inventory of existing programs and services in or connected to the school; the third helps to catalogue the funding sources that support these programs and services.

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Learning Together: The Developing Field of School-Community Initiatives(Atelia Melaville )           

09/01/98    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Identifies the major types, purposes, and strategies of a national cross-section of twenty school-community initiatives, and explores the dynamics of implementing, sustaining and expanding these initiatives across several key dimensions, including governance, site coordination and staffing, financing, and accountability.

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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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Evaluation of Community Schools: An Early Look(Joy Dryfoos)          215.8 KB

    

This paper summarizes data from early evaluations of community school initiatives. It provides a vision of community schools, discusses the nature and limitations of the first existing research, and offers a summary of findings from 49 community school initiatives.

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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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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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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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