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What's Informing Our Thinking

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At the National Center for Community Schools, we are all reading Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, by Professor Robert Putnam, with enthusiasm.

Authentic Basis for School Reform

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NCCS Director Jane Quinn recently invited Joseph McDonald, professor of teaching and learning at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, to visit the National Center for Community Schools to discuss with our team key ideas from his latest

Arts Exposure, Arts Education, and Arts through Education: On Track at The Children’s Aid Society Community Schools

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Although The Children’s Aid Society is not an arts organization, throughout our history the arts have been indispensable, not just an add-on. Arts exposure, arts education, and arts through education for children and youth, and even for their families, are still thriving at our community schools as well as at our community centers, from prekindergarten to high school.

What's Informing Our Thinking

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NCCS recommends Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student, a book edited by Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro Noguera and published by Corwin Press in February 2015. This book is relevant for anyone favoring equity and strengthening our nation’s public education system.

Visitor Profiles

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March 3
Bloomfield (CT) Public School District

Stacey McCann, director of school improvement and intervention at Bloomfield (CT) Public Schools District, brought a group of 26 principals, steering committee members, board members, teachers, and parents from the Bloomfield Public Schools to visit the Salomé Ureña de Henriquez Campus.  

Education Policy Update

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We are at a critical moment in the history of child welfare. Today more than 50% of our nation’s K-12 students come from low-income families.

New Mexico’s ABC Community School Partnership: Ready to Scale up and Show Their Work to the Country and the World

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“These individuals model what it takes to lead across boundaries to improve outcomes for children, families, and communities,” observes Martin J. Blank, president of the Institute for Educational Leadership and director of the Coalition for Community Schools (CCS), referring to the solid and dynamic partnership among the Albuquerque Public Schools, Bernalillo County, and the City of Albuquerque (the ABC Community School Partnership) and others.

Children’s Aid Society Community Schools: A Prototype for Comprehensive Parent/Family Engagement

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A cornerstone of the work done by The Children’s Aid Society is to create and sustain programs that are rooted in research and evidence. This is true of our work with parents and families, since decades of research show that their engagement is critical to student academic success. Higher test scores and graduation rates as well as increased motivation, confidence, and higher aspirations are just some of the benefits of parent engagement.

Bringing It Home: NCCS Expands Work in New York City and State

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“After more than 20 years of helping cities and districts across the country implement the community schools strategy, the Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) is embracing the opportunity to work closer to home as New York City and New York State both adopt community schools as a preferred reform strategy,” said NCCS Director Jane Quinn. “Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have given leadership to the expansion at the city and state levels, and their staffs have reached out to NCCS to share our expertise.”

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

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