The timely theme of The Children’s Aid Society Community Schools 10th biennial practicum is the need for equity in education, a major cause of America’s growing social divide. We are delighted that from October 16 to 18, an action group of education, nonprofit and civic leaders, policy-makers and funders from around the country and abroad has accepted our invitation to meet in New York City to explore how the community school strategy can help close the opportunity gap.


September 2013 is the first-ever National Attendance Awareness Month and, as one of the collaborating partners, The Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools is encouraging our schools and our clients’ schools to participate in this crucial effort. Our goal is to convey one of the campaign’s key messages, “Absenteeism is a problem long before students start skipping classes in high school” -- something many parents tend to ignore or do not know.

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The National Center for Community Schools mourns the passing of John Gilligan on August 26, 2013, at age 92. He served as a U.S. Representative and the 62nd governor of Ohio, and was a champion of community schools until the end of his life. He is the father of Kathleen Sebelius, US Secretary of Health and Human Services and the former Governor of Kansas.

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Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance Edited by Prudence L. Carter and Kevin G. Welner, published by Oxford University Press, 2013