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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.

Barnardo’s Community Schools in Northern Ireland

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This is a big year for Barnardo’s as we celebrate our 150th birthday! Thomas Barnardo started helping abused and neglected children in London in 1866. He believed that all children had the right to achieve their potential – whatever their background. This vision lives on through our core values today. Despite many improvements to the lives of children, sadly many of the barriers around in Thomas Barnardo’s day are still with us.

What's Informing Our Thinking

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Community Schools: Transforming Struggling Schools Into Thriving Schools, was prepared by the Center for Popular Democracy, the Coalition for Community Schools, and the Southern Education Foundation in February 2016, and is available for free at populardemocracy.org.

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Feb 29-March 4

Welsh Educators, Sponsored by the British Council of Wales International Education Programme                              

Coalition for Community Schools National Forum 2016

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From April 6-8, 2016, the Coalition for Community Schools (CCS), together with the ABC Community School Partnership (Albuquerque/Bernalillo Community Schools Partnership), will convene hundreds of community schools supporters, practitioners, and advocates in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Improving School Climate While Helping Students Maintain Their Balance

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Balance Centers are one of the approaches Children’s Aid employs to help students focus on learning, resolve conflicts, and develop self-respect as well as respect for their peers, teachers, and staff. With mounting concern about school violence and children’s mental health, these centers offer an approach for turning disruptive experiences into positive opportunities for learning. Both school and Children’s Aid staff can refer students exhibiting difficult behaviors to the Balance Centers, which are open every day after school.

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