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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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Dutch Coalition for Community Schools

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When you think of the Netherlands, the first thing that might come to your mind is probably Amsterdam, famous for its Rembrandts, the red light district, and its smoky coffee shops. The older generation might think of windmills, tulips, and wooden shoes.

Besides our rich culture, we also have primary education in the Netherlands. At the age of 4 our children start their education at a primary school. Did you know that a very important development in the Netherlands is the realization of the Brede School (community schools), the so-called ”child centers”?

The Power of University and Community School Partnerships

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Community schools are engines of opportunity in many regions across the United States and increasingly, we can argue, across the globe. These complex, multi-dimensional engines can’t operate efficiently without strong partners who help maximize gains and remove obstacles to student learning. Without a doubt, universities, with their immense wealth of resources, are ideal potential partners.

Let’s Give Thanks for Children’s Aid Go!Healthy Programs

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This month we celebrate the ever-expanding work the Children’s Aid Go!Healthy programs have been doing for over a decade. We are thankful for having been able to plant the seeds of healthy foods and healthy lifestyles in thousands of New York City’s children and families at our community centers and community schools. We’ve been providing cooking and nutrition instruction for our youth, parents, and staff, along with supporting community health and wellness activities.

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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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