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This month we recommend “Leveraging Time for School Equity: Indicators to Measure More and Better Learning Time,” published in July by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR). The report provides a set of clear indicators to rely upon as the commun

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Child Center of New York and Middle School 72, Woodside, Queens, New York

August 29 (postponed)
Key leaders from one of the newly funded New York State Education Department (NYSED) community school grantees—Middle School 72 Principal Omotayo Cineus and Community School Coordinator Amanda Etienne from Child Center of New York—will visit the National Center for Community Schools and the Mirabal Sisters Campus in Washington Heights.

School-based Mental Health Services: Helping Teachers Teach and Students Cope and Succeed

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School-based mental health services can play a key role in the early detection of mental illness and in linking students with effective services and supports. Early intervention helps in the process not only the child but also the educators and the family, while improving school safety. At Children’s Aid community schools, mental health services are among the most valued by educators and administrators alike, perhaps because most teachers are in dire need of support on how to identify and manage mental health issues and stressors that students bring into the school.

Full-Service Community Schools Legislation Gains Bipartisan Support in Congress

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In an effort to help narrow the opportunity gap, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Maryland) and House Representative Aaron Schock (R-Illinois) recently introduced the Full-Service Schools Act of 2014, also known as HR 5168. This legislation proposes a federal appropriation to expand full-service K-12 community schools across the United States.  HR 5168 asks for the authorization of five-year grants from the U.S.

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Study Visit: Trinidad and Tobago Housing Development Corporation (HDC)

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Study Visit: Trinidad and Tobago Housing Development Corporation (HDC)

If You Build It, They Will Participate: Creating Pillars of Practice in a Professional Development School

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While students’ thoughts turn to relaxation and fun, community school principals, teachers, partners, and stakeholders are busy using the remaining weeks of summer to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs, services, or initiatives. As end-of-year reports circulate with data collected about school readiness, student achievement, community engagement, and teacher effectiveness, the data may reveal that more support is required to enrich and deepen partners’ work.

Building Momentum for Intentional Parent Engagement in the South Bronx

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Landscape for Launch

What is Your Child Doing This Summer?

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No doubt about it—summer is here! Just days ago, New York City schools dismissed children for the next two months. Even the best planners may still be looking to fill their kids’ calendars. For those people, we have great news: several Children’s Aid camps throughout New York City have open slots still available, including in Staten Island, East Harlem, and Washington Heights.

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Study Visit: Taiwan Fund for Children and Families

On June 16, a group of 20 Taiwanese child welfare professionals, operating under programs in the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF), visited the Salomé Ureña de Henriquez Campus. The objective was to learn about community schools and see one in action. They also visited the Bronx Family Center.

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