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Deep Cultural Roots Permeate Hawaii's Kamaile Academy

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Aloha represents the central core value of communities in Hawaii: the life force of love, compassion and connectedness. This spirit lives through ‘ohana, the Hawaiian conception of family that bonds individuals beyond the scope of mere blood relations. A‘o, the Hawaiian term for both teaching and learning, suggests that we must conceive of education as a cycle grounded in practice and sharing. These values have driven society on the islands for more than a thousand years.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

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The Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) Program’s Just Ask Me (JAM) Peer Educators hosted the “This or That: The Choice Is Yours!” event  on May 7 at the Next Generation Center. The JAM Peer Educators are high school students who educate other youth about sexual reproductive health, life skills that help them navigate difficult decisions, healthy relationships and the repro

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Our Free Sky, Beijing, China

Social and Emotional Learning: A Central Component of Our Community Schools

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Because of our focus and expertise on the whole child, social and emotional learning has always played a vital role in The Children’s Aid Society community schools.

Coalition for Community Schools National Forum 2014

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The Coalition for Community Schools, working with its partners at  the Cincinnati Community Learning Center Institute and the Cincinnati Public Schools, convened the largest-ever gathering of community school practitioners and advocates during mid-April (9-11).  The Children’s Aid Society sent a 16-member delegation that included the entire National Center for Community  Schools staff team and many of our local Community School Directors and Program Directors.  NCCS also played key leadership roles in the conference—moderating panels, offering workshops, lead

Rising Together to Improve Outcomes for Bronx Children

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Approximately one year ago, The Children’s Aid Society and Phipps Neighborhoods joined forces to develop a cradle-through-college-and-career pathway initiative for the South Bronx.

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New York State Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa

Ten Countries Come Together to Share Practical Help for Teachers to Engage Parents

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INTERNATIONAL UPDATE


Community schools are not confined to the United States. In fact, there are thousands of institutions adopting and adapting this approach across the globe. The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) and its National Center for Community Schools have contributed to the growth of the international movement since 1994; for example, professionals and policy makers from 76 countries have visited CAS community schools since the first one opened in 1992.

CSS and NCCS: Partners in Building a Field and a Movement

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In our work at the National Center for Community Schools, one of the most frequently asked questions from colleagues around the country is this: “What is your relationship to the Coalition for Community Schools?” The simple answer is that we are partners—although that answer could apply to our organizations’ relationships with others in the field.

Early Childhood Education at CAS Community Schools: A Model for NYC?

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The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) school-based Early Childhood Programs (ECP) are implemented in five of our New York City community schools, four in Manhattan and one in the South Bronx.  Designed as a partnership between the city’s Department of Education and CAS, this collaboration brings low-income, expectant families, newborns and families with children up to five years of age into the schools in which the children would complete fifth grade.  The population is comprised of mostly Latino immigrants (Mexican, Dominican, Puerto Rican, etc.), with a growing number of

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