Coalition for Community Schools - Because Every Child Deserves Every Chance

Part Four: Case Studies Overview

Part Four: Case Studies of Scaling Up Community School Initiatives

PART FOUR: CASE STUDIES OF SCALING UP COMMUNITY SCHOOL INITIATIVES

 
Overview


Considerable practice knowledge has been developed by communities in rural, suburban and urban settings. Their collective work illustrates a coherent strategy to unite discrete programs and splintered community efforts into a powerful means to improve results for children and families, schools, neighborhoods. They have started from scratch and built systems of community schools and many are in their second or third iterations, always seeking to fine-tune and improve their overall strategy. Their stories show that communities begin their system-building efforts in many ways—sometimes by implementing only one or just a few sites—or by addressing only some of the conditions for learning. No place or story is exactly the same but each contributes to a better understanding of how places are organized to support students, families, and communities.

Wherever communities begin, we hope the stories that follow will encourage them to think strategically about large scale expansion from the get go.

 

 


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