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NCCS 2016 Community Schools Fundamentals Conference: An “Eleven Out of Ten” Experience!

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The Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) successfully convened its 2016 Community Schools Fundamentals Conference on October 13 and 14, bringing together over 200 participants from 40 cities in 20 states from across the nation. Several initiatives sent large delegations: Paterson, NJ (21); Buffalo (20); and Flint, MI (13). In addition, there were two participants from the Netherlands—a community school principal and an early childhood educator.

Being Strategic by Having a Theory of Change for a Community School

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As a results-oriented strategy, community schools can greatly benefit from taking the time to develop a coherent framework that represents the school and initiative strategy. This brief article describes the framework of a Theory of Change (ToC) as a visual and participatory way to be strategic in order to get results.

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September 26-27 
Lakeside Academy Community Learning Center, Quebec, Canada

What's Informing Our Thinking

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Building on a Legacy – Taking a Community Schools Project to Scale in Indianapolis

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School-community partnerships provide a bedrock of stability and continuity in the midst of a tsunami of educational change on the Near Westside of Indianapolis. Central to the firmly embedded partnerships is George Washington Community High School (GWCHS), as well as Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center and IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis), two key collaboration facilitators for decades.

Building a System of Community Schools in New York City

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On September 15, the Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) held an all-day convening to bring together all of New York City’s community schools that operate outside Mayor de Blasio’s recent citywide expansion effort. Working in partnership with the mayor’s office and the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Community Schools, NCCS is helping to operationalize an important component of the New York City Community Schools Strategic Plan, published in  2014.

What's Informing Our Thinking

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This month we recommend the book PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, which documents the plight of several young black girls whose lives were failed not only by the nation’s education system, but by the juvenile justice system as well.

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August 5
Mercer Street Friends, Trenton, New Jersey

New York State Officially Launches a Community Schools Network, Creating a Strong Policy and Advocacy Agenda

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Across the country, the community school strategy is being embraced as a viable and responsive approach to education reform. With 12 community school bills passed in 10 states, 2015 proved to be a banner year. The December 2015 reauthorization of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), represents new opportunities for community schools to be codified into state law, supported by landmark federal legislation. This growing momentum has influenced state funding policies across the country.

Giving Parents the Tools They Need Year Round

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At the Children’s Aid Salomé Ureña Campus in Washington Heights, adults are never too old to learn English language skills and the intricacies of the American education system.  The school held its Sixth Annual Parent Summer Camp from July 7-29.  According to Community School Director Migdalia Cortes, the camp serves to educate parents who are in most cases first-generation immigrants, offering a range of topics that empower them to make informed decisions for their families. 

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