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New York State Officially Launches a Community Schools Network, Creating a Strong Policy and Advocacy Agenda

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Across the country, the community school strategy is being embraced as a viable and responsive approach to education reform. With 12 community school bills passed in 10 states, 2015 proved to be a banner year. The December 2015 reauthorization of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), represents new opportunities for community schools to be codified into state law, supported by landmark federal legislation. This growing momentum has influenced state funding policies across the country.

Giving Parents the Tools They Need Year Round

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At the Children’s Aid Salomé Ureña Campus in Washington Heights, adults are never too old to learn English language skills and the intricacies of the American education system.  The school held its Sixth Annual Parent Summer Camp from July 7-29.  According to Community School Director Migdalia Cortes, the camp serves to educate parents who are in most cases first-generation immigrants, offering a range of topics that empower them to make informed decisions for their families. 

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.

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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.

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