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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.

Nine Months and Five Years to Get Ready For Kindergarten

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As families and friends are preparing baby showers—with a focus on games, favors, formula, and diaper bags—Children’s Aid community schools with early childhood programming (for ages 0 through 5) are planning innovative ideas and recommendations in anticipation of the learning needs of that newborn student and his or her family.

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Equity and ESSA: Leveraging Educational Opportunity Through the Every Student Succeeds Act
By Channa M. Cook-Harvey, Linda Darling-Hammond, Livia Lam, Charmaine Mercer, and Martens Roc

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December 7
Communities in Schools National Office, Alexandria, Virginia

The Power of Authentic Family and Community Engagement

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On a post-election Tuesday last month, the Children’s Aid Parent Coordinator Fatima Reyes facilitated a discussion among 52 parents about strategies families can use to get through tough times. This session was part of an early morning Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting at one of the three middle schools at the Mirabal Sisters Campus (MSC), a Children’s Aid community school since 1994.

Re-Imagining of Community Schools in Flint Gains Momentum

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The last three school years have been remarkable in terms of growth for the Flint Community Schools Initiative (FCS)—as the work moved from an initial pilot in two elementary schools on one campus in 2014-15, to three additional elementary schools in 2015-16, to the entire District (11 schools, including two high schools) this Fall.

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November 15
State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, and Triway International Group, China 

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