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What's Informing Our Thinking

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Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why

By Paul Tough, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016

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July 22  
Franklin McKinley School District, Santa Clara County, San Jose, California

My Journey in Developing Two Community Schools in Western Australia

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Positive Visibility and Communication: Essential to the Sustainability of Community Schools

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As community schools across the country get ready to start the school year, we would like to remind our colleagues about the crucial role marketing and communications play in the long-term sustainability of big and small initiatives. Community school’s leaders must be aware of the importance of communicating the concept, vision, and process to all stakeholders within the school, the community, and beyond: funders, legislators, the press, and business groups—in short, anyone who might benefit from the initiative.

Curtis High School: A Fruitful Journey in Uncharted Waters

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In 2010, Seth Edwards, regional director for the JP Morgan Chase Foundation (JPMCF), came to Curtis High School in northern Staten Island and asked to meet with the former principal, Dr. Aurelia Curtis. He wanted to talk about community schools.

Hands Across the Water: Community Schools in the Netherlands

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Two community schools conferences in May in the Netherlands marked the latest development in a 20-year partnership between The Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) and our Dutch colleagues.

What's Informing Our Thinking

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Breakthrough Principals: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Stronger Schools

By Jean Desravines, Jaime Aquino and Benjamin Fenton; Published by Jossey-Bass, March 2016

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June 1-3
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAW School of Social Work, Switzerland

Dr. Emanuela Chiapparini, lecturer at ZHAW School of Social Work, at Zurich University, visited for the second time to continue studies on best practices in community schools. She coauthored a preliminary study about the opportunities and challenges of collaboration in community schools, and is part of the international network PowerUs, developing gap-mending strategies in social work, education, and research.

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.

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