Community Schools the New Mexico Way

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This report focuses on community schools as an evidence-based approach that can help the state improve the educational success of New Mexico children, even as the state recovers from the COVID-19 crisis. A community schools approach involves schools partnering with the local community to provide high-quality teaching and learning and additional resources and supports to help mitigate the barriers to school success that poverty erects. Community schools are built with four pillars—integrated health and social supports, expanded learning time and opportunities, strong family and community engagement, and collaborative leadership and practice—in a way that meets community needs and uses community assets. Together, these pillars provide more than wraparound services. Collaborating with local partners, community schools use a whole child, whole school, whole community approach to redesign school in ways that promote learning.

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