The National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) was invited by Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help develop its “Brain Gain” summer enrichment curriculum, which will be piloted in 250 Clubs across the country this summer.


Why is it that whenever funding is cut from education, in spite of the evidence, the arts become the first casualty? Is it because they are still widely classified as affective and expressive, rather than academic or cognitive?

Visitor Profile

Dr. Shawn Joseph, Superintendent of the Seaford, DE Public Schools, led a study visit to the Salomé Ureña de Henríquez Campus, in Washington Heights, and P.S. /I.S. 50 in East Harlem in late April. He brought a group of 20 colleagues that included principals, school board members, teachers, evaluators, community school coordinators and staff of community-based organizations that partner with his schools.

What's Informing Our Thinking

David Kirp’s new book (Improbable Scholars, published by Oxford Press 2013) about the Union City, NJ schools has reinforced for us at the National Center the importance of having a long-term vision and a core set of strategies about how to improve opportunities for children and families living in low-income neighborhoods.