Midwest Community School State Coalitions and City-wide Partnerships Convene in May

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Indiana State Coalition meeting

Dr. Monica Medina at Whitely convening

Dr. Monica Medina, Clinical Associate Professor in the IUPUI School of Education, discusses guiding principles during a Community Schools overview at an Indiana Community Schools Network convening in Muncie May 2

On May 2nd, Indiana’s Community School State Coalition convened in Muncie, IN. Attendees visited the Whitely neighborhood in Muncie and its Longfellow Elementary School, which showcased community engagement with Ball State University and multiple Whitely-based partners in their Schools as the Center of Community initiative. A total of 45 individuals from throughout Indiana participated in the one-day convening. The Office of Community Engagement at IUPUI serves as the backbone facilitator of the Community Schools network representing more than 215 school communities throughout Indiana that serve 108,396 students and their families. Ernest Brown, Family Engagement Coordinator at Longfellow Elementary School (photo right), discusses his role with families and partnerships coordination in the Whitely school.

Illinois State Coalition meeting

On May 3, the Illinois State Community Schools Coalition, hosted their first ever in-person Community Schools Convening! They had nearly 130 people gathered together chatting and learning about collaborative leadership. Ryan Hurley, Midwest Deputy Director, presented about the Coalition for Community Schools. “Thank you so much for contributing your time, energy, and expertise to our CS Convening last week! We are so lucky to have a partner like you and IEL,” said Lesley Rivers, Program Coordinator for ACT Now. Congrats to ACT Now and the State Coalition for organizing such an impactful day of shared learning!

attendees sit at tables in a full room at the IL state coalition meeting

Illinois State Coalition Meeting

Photos by Ryan Hurley, Institute for Educational Leadership/Coalition for Community Schools

Wisconsin-Minnesota Joint State Coalition Meeting

Ryan also worked with the Coalition’s Steering Committee local affiliates of NEA and other local Coalition members for a joint State Coalition meeting between Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership Annual Awards Event

IEL/CCS Midwest Regional Deputy Director Ryan Hurley served as the keynote speaker at this event honoring folks advancing Community Schools in Milwaukee!

Student performance Ryan handing a reward to recipient Ryan speaking at podium student performance we not me award folks conversing at student displays during awards

Photos by Dan Herda, United Way – see full album here.