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What's Informing Our Thinking

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The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools? by Dale Russakoff , published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

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September 2015

Attendance Works Forges Links to Community Schools

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Schools and communities across the country are celebrating Attendance Awareness Month in September, using everything from public service announcements to data analysis to draw attention to the issue of chronic absenteeism.

Children’s Aid Society’s Community Schools Practicum: A Hallmark from 1997 to 2015

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Since 1997 The Children’s Aid Society Community Schools Practicum has convened action groups of education, nonprofit and civic leaders, policymakers, and funders from across the country and abroad to strategize about strengthening public education through sound and sustainable partnerships.

The Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Initiative

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The staff of the Children’s Aid Society’s Family Wellness Program has specialized in providing direct services to families experiencing domestic violence and involved with the child welfare system since 2001. Through a contract with ACS, our team of domestic violence experts provides free and ongoing training, consultation and technical assistance to all foster care and preventive programs in New York City. Our goal is to support child welfare programs in developing their capacity to work effectively with families struggling with current or past domestic violence.

What's Informing Our Thinking

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This month we recommend The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World  by Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linsky.

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NYC Department of Education Office of Community Schools

Community Schools in Scotland: a Personal Perspective

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In 1998 Scotland’s 32 local authorities were invited by the government to apply for funding to pilot New Community Schools (NCS). The aim was to enhance learning and attainment, and to promote inclusion. Argyll and Bute Council, a regional government entity, responded to this invitation with several partner agencies and successfully piloted two initiatives between 1999 and 2004.

Children’s Aid Society Community Schools Summer Camps: Not Just For Kids

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The morning of July 16, 2015, in New York City was perfect: mid 70s temperatures, zero humidity, and the bluest sky. The Family Room at a 6-12 grade Children’s Aid community school in northern Manhattan was lively. It might seem surprising to find, before 8:30 a.m., seven parents having coffee and chatting while waiting for a two-hour Literary Genres workshop that was soon to start. Some of the parents fairly doubted that more than this handful would choose a literature class instead of being outside enjoying the wonderful weather.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Leads U.S. Senate to Adopt Amendment to Create More Community Schools

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Over the last 15 years, Ohio has been a key leader of the community schools work. To date the state has 89 community schools in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, and Toledo; and community schools are also under development in Columbus and Youngstown. The Cincinnati Community Learning Center Institute is thrilled that the U.S.

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