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Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Services

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The Children’s Aid Society believes that when there is violence in the home, every member of the family is affected. That's why the Family Wellness Program addresses domestic violence from the perspective of the entire family.

A wide range of services is available for those who have experienced violence in their homes or in dating relationships. They include:

The Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Initiative

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The staff of the Children’s Aid Society’s Family Wellness Program has specialized in providing direct services to families experiencing domestic violence and involved with the child welfare system since 2001. Through a contract with ACS, our team of domestic violence experts provides free and ongoing training, consultation and technical assistance to all foster care and preventive programs in New York City. Our goal is to support child welfare programs in developing their capacity to work effectively with families struggling with current or past domestic violence.

What's Informing Our Thinking

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This month we recommend The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World  by Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linsky.

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August 11 
NYC Department of Education Office of Community Schools

Community Schools in Scotland: a Personal Perspective

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In 1998 Scotland’s 32 local authorities were invited by the government to apply for funding to pilot New Community Schools (NCS). The aim was to enhance learning and attainment, and to promote inclusion. Argyll and Bute Council, a regional government entity, responded to this invitation with several partner agencies and successfully piloted two initiatives between 1999 and 2004.

Children’s Aid Society Community Schools Summer Camps: Not Just For Kids

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The morning of July 16, 2015, in New York City was perfect: mid 70s temperatures, zero humidity, and the bluest sky. The Family Room at a 6-12 grade Children’s Aid community school in northern Manhattan was lively. It might seem surprising to find, before 8:30 a.m., seven parents having coffee and chatting while waiting for a two-hour Literary Genres workshop that was soon to start. Some of the parents fairly doubted that more than this handful would choose a literature class instead of being outside enjoying the wonderful weather.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Leads U.S. Senate to Adopt Amendment to Create More Community Schools

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Over the last 15 years, Ohio has been a key leader of the community schools work. To date the state has 89 community schools in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, and Toledo; and community schools are also under development in Columbus and Youngstown. The Cincinnati Community Learning Center Institute is thrilled that the U.S.

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July 9 and 10 
University of the West of England and 
Fonthill Primary School Southmead, Bristol, England

What's Informing Our Thinking

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This month we recommend Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better by Anthony S. Bryk, Louis M. Gomez, Alicia Grunow, and Paul G. LeMahieu. Published by Harvard Education Press, 2015.

Building Hard and Soft Skills Through Out-of-School-Time Programs

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Business leaders, educators, and policymakers agree that young people need a complex skill set that combines so-called “hard” and “soft” skills if they are to be well prepared for productive adulthood in the 21st century. But these leaders have not achieved consensus on how and where these skills are to be developed. Schools surely have an important role to play; the Common Core State Standards reflect this understanding.

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