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Surrounded By Support: National Association of Secondary School Principals Highlights Community Schools

Principal Leadership, the flagship membership magazine of The National Association of Secondary School Principals, a Coalition partner, dedicated its October 2011 issue to support for students, specifically community schools.
"Schools have the presence and the power to form relationships, mobilize groups, and provide services by pulling a community together," Jan Umphrey, the editor of Principal Leadership, writes in this issue’s opening column.
That sentiment is at the core of the Coalition’s argument for community schools. By wrapping support from community health and social services organizations around engaged and involved parents, students can achieve superior results and entire communities can be uplifted. More than just wrap-around services, community schools and their partners also support students’ academic and personal development.
Rita Hodges for the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania (another Coalition partner) with Coalition Director Martin Blank and Senior Associate for Research and Strategy Reuben Jacobson, outline the argument for community schools in the issue’s cover story. They feature stories of principals from Oyler Community Learning Center in Cincinnati, Fannie Lou Hammer Freedom High School in New York City, and 2011 National Community School award winner Glencliff High School in Nashville. (Download a PDF Blank/Jacobson/Hodges article).
The issue features articles from several of CCS’ partners including:
Michele P. Brooks from Boston Public Schools Office of Family and Student Engagement  writesabout Parent Universities offered by the school districtin Parents as Partners.
Ted Purinton and Carlos Azcoitia through National Louis University in Chicago outline what a comprehensive community school does for the neighborhood it serves in The Real Turnaround.
Adrienne Ammerman with the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care  writes about the benefits school-health organization alliances can have on student performance and family well-being in Partnering for Health (download a pdf of this article for a limited time).
Brent Schonelmeyer for Local Investment Corporation – Kansas City  writes about the positive and impactful effects of the resources that community schools provides its families, especially in at-risk environments in Persistence Pays Off.
Dan Fuller with Communities in Schools and Allan Porowski with ICF International detail how communities can implement schools with the "integrated student services" found in collaborative schools in A Proven Model of Support.
If you are a principal interested in starting your own community school, visit the principal section of our website for more information:

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