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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.

What's Informing Our Thinking

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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.

Community Schools: So Much to Be Thankful For

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During this season of gratitude, we asked colleagues, parents, students, and partners to share why they are grateful for community schools. Their reflections are uplifting. Here is what they had to say:

What's Informing Our Thinking

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Loving Learning: How Progressive Education Can Save America’s Schools by Tom Little and Katherine Ellison, published by W. W. Norton & Company, 2015

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October 14
Practicum 2015 School Study Visits 

Wales Update: Promising School-Community Partnerships

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The genesis of community engagement with schools in this part of Wales (Cardiff) started in New York City in December 2011. We linked with The Children’s Aid Society who gave us a strategic framework to adapt to our contexts. The support from the British Council helped us, a group of head teachers, formulate and create approaches to the issues we face in Wales and in our particular communities.

One Size Does Not Fit All – A Case for Differentiated Family Engagement

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Editor’s Note: For more than 15 years,  Children’s Aid  community schools have been successfully collaborating with EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) to advance our parent engagement strategy.

Father Engagement at Children’s Aid Community Schools: Two Decades of Solid Partnership

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As I am waiting to meet with the community school director at Salomé Ureña de Henriquez Campus (SU Campus), a Children’s Aid community school in Washington Heights, New York City, I am intrigued by an informal conversation, taking place in the Family Room, between the parent coordinator and an immigrant father from a non-English speaking country. In his native language, he was sharing his reflections of his initial experience with this community school.

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