Coalition for Community Schools; The Center for Popular Democracy; Southern Education Foundation

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools

This report outlines six essential strategies for Community Schools and the key mechanisms used to implement these strategies. Next, it profiles Community Schools across the country where these model strategies are being used to achieve transformational results. A close look at these model Community Schools and districts shows that across racial, economic, and geographic diversities in this country, Community Schools work. As the new federal education legislation gives states greater power to implement Community Schools, we recommend learning from the strategies and mechanisms we provide in this report—both from research and from practice—to achieve transformational and sustainable Community Schools across the country.

Coalition for Community Schools

Coalition for Community Schools 117th Congress Federal Policy Agenda

For the current 117th Congressional session, the Coalition co-developed with our partners a federal policy agenda that guides our federal advocacy.

Coalition for Community Schools

Policy by The People Agenda for the 117th Congress

This policy agenda is the Institute for Educational Leadership’s inaugural Policy by the People agenda, which reflects the direct input via surveys and focus groups of hundreds of leaders across IEL’s networks that we engaged in 2020. These leaders span the roles of parents/family, youth age 18 and under, district leaders, nonprofit leaders, state and local government representatives, people with disabilities, and elected officials across dozens of communities in the United States.

Coalition for Community Schools


60 Community Schools across Six Districts

David Douglas School District, Multnomah County and City of Portland

County’s Intergovernmental Agreement

The Schools Uniting Neighborhoods Initiative is a collaboration of city, county, state and school districts in Portland/Multnomah County, Oregon.

West Costa Contra Unified Scholl District

West Costa Contra Unified School District 27-1213 Full Service Community Schools

Walter T. Helms Middle School, San Pablo’s first FSCS initiative, is now the hub and model for the city’s FSCS initiative. The district presented a co-written district-wide full service community schools resolution covering five cities to the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education in November 2012. The board unanimously passed a resolution to implement community schools beginning with its high schools that have school based health centers and two elementary schools, one with a dental clinic in operation.