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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.

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.

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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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