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October 13
Community Schools Fundamentals Study Visits:

About 85 percent of the 200-plus participants to the Fundamentals conference chose to visit the Children’s Aid community schools in the South Bronx and northern Manhattan and they overwhelmingly loved the experience. The visits were part of the conference’s observation track. Colleagues from 40 cities in 20 states from across the nation and the Netherlands were able to select ahead of time the school of their choice according to their particular interests.

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Studies show that black and Latino youth face some of the most towering obstacles in our public schools, leading to the continued expansion of the opportunity gap. Schooling for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectory of Black and Latino Boys provides a brilliant road map to better educate this important group.

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

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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.

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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

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