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Community Schools Fundamentals 2014: Propelling the Work Forward

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From October 15 to the 17, The Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) capped its 20th anniversary with a terrifically successful Community Schools Fundamentals 2014 Conference. Held at NCCS headquarters in New York City, the conference drew 254 participants representing 51 school districts, from 18 states across the United States and South Africa, who gathered to share ideas and learn about the key issues for today’s community schools. 

What's Informing Our Thinking

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This month we recommend “American School Reform: What Works, What Fails, and Why.”  By Joseph P. McDonald and the Cities Research Group. Published by The University of Chicago Press, 2014

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October 15
Fundamentals of Community Schools Study Visits  

We are delighted that, although study visits to our community schools were optional, around 200 colleagues from across the country decided to join. It was an amazing turnout: 18 states, 51 cities, and one international visitor—a colleague from South Africa. 

A Call to Action to Transform Detroit’s Public Education

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The city of Detroit, Michigan, has been going through tremendous change and upheaval over the past decade. Despite their struggles, the community remains steadfast in its quest for a quality public educational system for all children and their families. As Detroit rises from the shadow of bankruptcy, community schools have become a critical tool in helping communities across the city grow closer and stronger.  

What's Informing Our Thinking

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This month we recommend “School-Based Health Care: Advancing Educational Success and Public Health.” Edited by Jeanita W. Richardson and Terri D. Wright.  Published by APHA Press.

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September 8 to 10
Manchester, Connecticut, Public School District

A group of eight key members of the district’s Family and Community Engagement Planning Team, which included representatives from community-based organizations as well as the Youth Service Bureau and the Office of Neighborhoods and Families of the town of Manchester, visited the National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) and the Salomé Ureña de Henriquez Campus (SU Campus).

School Year 2014-2015 at Children’s Aid Community Schools: Filled with Excitement and Promise

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The beginning of a school year is always exciting. The new start offers opportunities to build on the successes of previous years while addressing those evolving issues everyone has committed tackling. We are thrilled about the 2014-15 school year for several reasons.

First, we have just spent the summer providing fun and engaging learning experiences to nearly 2,500 campers in grades K-8. We focused on preventing summer learning loss through the following programs:

From 8 to 81: Sustaining Momentum in Scaling Up

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This fall, as the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Community School initiative celebrates its 15th anniversary, an additional 11 community school sites are opening their doors, bringing the total number to 81 and the community school strategy to all the most vulnerable neighborhoods in Portland/Multnomah County, Oregon.

What's Informing Our Thinking

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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.

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