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January 21

Study visit by Newark Mayor’s Office, Newark Public Schools District, Healthy Communities Initiative, and Others

Community Schools: Addressing the Strengths and Needs of Transient Students

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At the national conference on homelessness, held by The Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness (ICPH) in New York City this month, strategic partnerships, such as community schools, were underlined as promising approaches when dealing with the complex, ever-growing challenge of educating transient students.

Broome County, NY: An Urban-Rural and University-Assisted Partnership Fostering Community Schools

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What's Informing Our Thinking

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Creating Local Dedicated Funding Streams for Kids: A Guide to Planning a Local Initiative to Fund Services for Children, Youth and Their Families

By Margaret Brodkin, published by Funding the Next Generation, San Francisco, November 2015.

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December 2

Paterson School District and Full-Service Community Schools Health Centers, NJ

Update on the School-Based Health Alliance

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The Children’s Aid Society has been a close partner of the School-Based Health Alliance since its inception. We share a common goal to secure larger public investments in school-based health centers (SBHCs) so that more children have easy access to this much-needed service.

Youth Leadership in Action: Curtis High School’s Student Health Ambassadors

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The Curtis Student Health Ambassadors (SHA) were founded in the summer of 2013 as the Children’s Aid Society’s Health and Wellness Division was preparing for the grand opening of its state-of-the-art school-based health center (SBHC) at Curtis High School, our community school in Staten Island.

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November 4

Broome County Promise Zone/Binghamton University, College of Community and Public Affairs

A new group of evaluators, social workers, and health administrators as well as community school, family engagement, and afterschool coordinators visited the Salomé Ureña de Henriquez Campus and P.S. 5 to learn about community schools with a focus on family engagement, attendance, and after-school strategies.

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We recommend Reclaiming the Promise of Racial Equity: In Education, Economics and Our Criminal Justice System, a thorough report on racial inequity by the American Federation of Teachers, published in October 2015.

Leading Community Schools Requires Complex Skills

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Adaptive leadership takes on particular importance when it comes to heading community schools. The sharing of leadership and decision-making with community partners can be a daunting undertaking—even for some seasoned principals—but is imperative among a multitude of competencies necessary to successfully lead a community school.

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