Advocating and supporting Community Schools policies at the state level

State Coalitions Network

State Coalitions Network

The State Coalitions Network creates a space for local and state Community Schools stakeholders to connect, deepen their knowledge and skills, and advocate for supportive policies at the state level. While focused on advancing four strategies ( stakeholder engagement, policy/advocacy, professional learning, and communications/messaging), they also inform the Coalition staff of the needs, challenges, and opportunities within their states.

Our Purpose

To provide a means for local and state Community Schools stakeholders to connect, deepen their knowledge and skills, and advocate for supportive policies at the state level.

State coalitions are essential given the continued growth of local initiatives, the devolution of power to states through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and the rising interest from governors and state legislators for Community Schools. State coalitions focus on four strategies:

  1. Stakeholder engagement
  2. Policy and advocacy
  3. Professional learning
  4. Communications and messaging

The State Coalition are emerging in 27 states. A list of emerging state coalitions, their lead organizations and contacts are below.

Our Goals

  • Serve as a learning community for leaders of state community school coalitions.
  • Inform Coalition staff of the needs, challenges and opportunities in their states.

Joining the Network

To inquire about joining, contact Ellie Mitchell (emitchell@mostnetwork.org) and Jim Grim. (jagrim@iupui.edu).

 

State Organization First Name Last Name
AR ForWard Arkansas Thurman Green
CA Partnership for Children and Youth Deanna Niebuhr
CT Connecticut After-School Network Ken Anthony
DC Melissa Harper-Butler
FL University of Central Florida Donnie Hale
HI Hawai‘i Afterschool Alliance Jenn Masutani
ID United Way of Treasure Valley Christa Rowland
IL ACT Now Coalition Emma Spencer
IN IUPUI Office of Community Engagement – Indiana Jim Grim
MD Maryland Out of School Time Network Ellie Mitchell
ME Cheryl Ball
MI Michigan’s Children Bobby Dorigo Jones
MN Education Minnesota Anna Brejle
NC United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Laura Elliot
NJ Gregory Stankiewicz
NM David Greenberg
NY New York State Network for Youth Success Allie Lidie
OH Ohio Federation of Teachers Stuart McIntyre
OK Erin Velez
OR SUN Schools Diana Hall
PA Philadelphia Department of Education Pam Smith
RI AFT Local Affiliate Colleen Callahan
TN Tennessee AROS Lyn Hoyt
TX Texas American Federation of Teachers Dena Donaldson
WA Vancouver Public Schools Tamara Shoup
WI United Way of Greater Milwaukee Ryan Hurley
WV West Virginia Department of Education Carrie Reeves

Co-Chairs

lazy image

emitchell@mostnetwork.org

Ellie Mitchell

Director, Maryland Out of School Time Network

lazy image

jagrim@iupui.edu

Jim Grim

Director, University/Community School Partnerships, IUPUI Office of Community Engagement – Indiana