Join Us Tuesday to Talk Community Schools at “Talking Transition”

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Every School a Community School: Moving from Pilot to Policy

Tuesday, November 19
4:30 - 6 p.m.
The Talking Transition Tent
“Town Hall”
@Canal & Varick Streets

After more than a decade, New Yorkers will have a new mayor in just a few weeks. In preparation for this major transition, The Children’s Aid Society will be taking part in a pioneering public dialogue called "Talking Transition."

Join us to discuss how all of New York City’s children and families can receive the supports and opportunities they need to succeed and thrive in school. Community schools, an educational reform strategy, remove barriers to learning by organizing the resources of schools and communities around student success. There are many existing examples of community schools in NYC—we now have an opportunity to promote system-wide support and implementation.

  • Learn more about community schools and their impact on student success
  • Watch a segment of the PBS special "The Graduates/Los Graduados," featuring Chastity Salas, a community school graduate (Nationally syndicated columnist Esther J. Cepeda has written a commentary on Chastity's journey. Read it here.)
  • Hear from a diverse panel about moving from pilot to policy

There will be a question and answer period following the panel.


  • Richard R. Buery – President and CEO, The Children’s Aid Society (Moderator)
  • Abe Fernandez – Director of Collective Impact, The Children’s Aid Society
  • Catalina Fortino – VP for Education, The United Federation of Teachers
  • Gayle Jennings–O'Byrne – Vice President, JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy
  • Sr. Paulette LoMonaco – Executive Director, Good Shepherd Services
  • Nancy Mann – Principal, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
  • Dianne Morales – Executive Director and CEO, Phipps Community Development Corporation
  • Andrew White – Director, Center for New York City Affairs at The New School
  • Sarah Zeller-Berkman – Director of Community Youth Development, Youth Development Institute

Talking Transition is an open conversation about the future of New York City. Along with dozens of other organizations and partners, we are helping New Yorkers engage in the issues and be part of the transition. All events are free and open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday!