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March 8
YMCA of Greater New York Community Schools Initiative  

Matthew Pielli, director of YMCA schools and community engagement, and seven of his new community schools directors participated in a study visit to the Whitney Young Campus in the Bronx, which houses three Children’s Aid community schools. The visit was part of a New York City Community Trust grant to NCCS to build the capacity of community schools that existed prior to the NYC Department of Education Community Schools initiative. 

Children’s Aid’s Celebrates 25 Years of Supporting 21st Century Public Education

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March 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the first Children’s Aid Society-New York City Department of Education community school—Intermediate School 218 (also known as the Salomé Ureña Campus). Today, Children’s Aid is the lead agency in 22 New York City community schools—elementary, middle, and high schools in four of our City’s most economically challenged neighborhoods.

Where Research Meets Reality: Building Capacity to Implement Community Schools

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As Children’s Aid community schools in New York City celebrate their 25th anniversary this month, the National Center for Community schools (NCCS) wants to reflect on the strong bond with our local sites, which have hosted thousands of study visits since their inception in March 1992 and propelled our creation in 1994.This national-local relationship has been mutually beneficial, with NCCS being able to offer our national and international colleagues an opportunity to learn about community schools firsthand, and our local schools having the chance to share their knowledge,

What's Informing Our Thinking

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Creating Engagement between Schools and Their Communities: Lessons from Educational Leaders, edited by Ted Purinton and Carlos Azcoitia, Lexington Books, 2016.

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February 1
Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, South Korea

Global Communities of Practice: The Next Phase to New Institutional Designs

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Community schools are often presented as an American institutional design, one that redefines what a school is and does in relation to what children need and what a 21st century education system must include. No more. An impressive international social movement toward community schools is underway, and it includes a noteworthy development. In contrast to the language of “start-up” of the late 1990s, today’s language signals systems-building.

Children’s Aid School-Based Health Centers: Essential for 25 Years

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School-based health centers (SBHCs) are considered by experts as one of the most effective ways to provide primary and preventive health care to children and youth where they spend the most time: school. The mission of an SBHC is to make high-quality health care accessible and to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of children, adolescents, and families. With equitable, and timely, access to medical, dental, and mental health care, more children live healthier lives and are able to learn and thrive.

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January 4 
Austin (TX) Independent School District, Office of Communications and Community Engagement

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Introducing Mindfulness, Meditation, and Calm Corners into Community Schools

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More and more schools are witnessing the benefits of bringing mindfulness practices into education as a strategy for promoting social and emotional learning among students and for replacing overly harsh (so-called “zero tolerance") disciplinary policies with alternatives that teach and apply new skills.

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