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February 9
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

What's Informing Our Thinking

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The 2015 National Initiative for Student and Learning Supports was launched on January 7 and the book we recommend this month, Transforming Student and Learning Supports: Developing a Unified, Comprehensive, and Equitable System, is the keystone for this initiative. We share excerpts of the press release with Dr.

University-High School Partnership in Orlando Leads the Way in Central Florida

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The National Center for Community Schools has been providing technical assistance to the University of Central Florida, the Children’s Home Society of Florida, the Orange County Public Schools and the Evans Community School initiative from its inception; we are proud to share this update by our colleague Nancy Ellis. 

What's Informing Our Thinking

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Community Schools, Early Education, and Family Engagement: a Powerful Combination to Boost Student Success

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The National Center for Community Schools has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Redwood City (CA) School District and Redwood City 2020, going back to our shared participation in the Academy for Community Schools Development, a three-year professional development effort sponsored by Stanford University’s John Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.

Children’s Aid Community Schools and City Connects: Partnering to Help Students Thrive

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The missions of The Children’s Aid Society (“To help children in poverty to succeed and thrive”) and City Connects (“To have every child engage and learn in school by connecting each child with the tailored set of intervention, prevention, and enrichment services he or she needs to thrive”) truly complement each other.

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December 22
Leake and Watts Services and The Biondi School,
Yonkers, New York

Alan Mucatel, the executive director from Leake and Watts Services, along with Robyn Jacobson, its director of behavioral health, and Lauren Schultz, the communication associate, and Don Antonecchia, assistant executive director of the Biondi School, will visit the Salomé Ureña de Henriquez Campus.

What's Informing Our Thinking

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To close the year on an optimistic note, we recommend The Opportunity Equation by Eric Schwarz, co-founder of Citizen Schools. He proposes that all citizens have the responsibility to help mend the growing opportunity gaps that affect millions of youngsters.

NCCS Supports Community Schools Development in the Czech Republic

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The Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) has a longstanding relationship with community schools in the Czech Republic; we have hosted numerous Czech visitors over the past 20 years and participated in several events in Prague in 2007.

It Takes More Than a Community to Lead a Community School

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The notion that collectively we are better equipped to meet the needs of children and families resonates for all individuals closely connected to community school work. Most of us would agree that community schools could not survive without the resources and generosity of partners, but it is really the school principal who leads the charge. Sometimes in our excitement for moving the community school strategy forward, buy-in from the principal gets overlooked.  So here’s a noteworthy idea: principals are essential!

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