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Focusing on Family Partnership as a Driver for Student Success

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The SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) Service System in Multnomah County, Oregon, sees the partnership and leadership of families as integral to the work of its 85 SUN Community Schools across six school districts. Family engagement has been core to SUN since we launched our first sites in 1999. Over the past several years, we have implemented several new strategies and programs for engaging parents as new research, approaches, and partnership opportunities have come to our attention.

Scaling Up and Integrating True Family Engagement in the South Bronx

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For the last 24 years The Children’s Aid Society has been providing effective parent and family engagement programs in its northern Manhattan community schools. In 2013, we were awarded a five-year Investing in Innovation Implementation Grant (i3) to bring this experience to nine of our community schools in the South Bronx. This U.S. Department of Education grant of approximately $2.75 million allowed us to expand and deepen programs that help improve student achievement by developing parents’ capacity to support their children’s academic and socio-emotional development.

What's Informing Our Thinking

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Conversational Capacity: The Secret to Building Successful Teams that Perform When the Pressure Is On

by Craig Weber, McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, 2013 

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May 6, 2016
Dr. Weeks Elementary School, Syracuse University, North East Community Center, Syracuse, NY

Study Visits: A Time for Reflection and Peer Learning

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As the community school strategy becomes popular as a promising vehicle for improving public education, we are often asked to share the ingredients for creating and maintaining the type of productive solid partnerships essential to its success. The Thomas A.

Community Schools: Making it Easier for Teachers to Teach

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What's Informing Our Thinking: Coming of Age in the Other America

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Research shows that the effects of poverty on children and youth are long lasting, and cripple upward mobility as young people become adults. In the United States, this holds true in particular for African-American youth.

Community Schools: Expanding Learning While Engaging Students

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Since 1992, The Children’s Aid Society has been working in deep partnership with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to create community schools, a potentially life-changing strategy that organizes the resources of the school and the community around student success. Comprehensive health services, family engagement programs, and expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) that include after-school and summer programs are at the core of the strategy.

Community School Leaders: A Propelling Force In the Engine Of Opportunity

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Community schools are “the engine of opportunity” in many communities across the country. These are complex, multi-dimensional engines and can’t operate without skilled, strategic, and visionary leaders, the community school (CS) directors –(CS coordinators, resource advocates, parent/community coordinators, as they are also called).

Community Schools in Wales: “Yes Is Written In Our Hearts”

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Over the last six years, several delegations of educators from Wales have visited The Children’s Aid Society in New York and learned about the importance and value of community schools. Since these visits, the principals have worked together to develop their own community schools based on the Children’s Aid model. Millbrook Primary School, Maes Y Morfa Primary, Roath Park Primary, and Pencaurau Primary have all utilized the Children’s Aid approach to develop as community schools.

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