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Making the Case for Community Schools

Making the Case for Community Schools

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Making the Case for Community Schools

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  1. Making the Case for Community Schools The National Perspective Children's Aid Society

  2. Goals of Today’s Presentation • To examine four different “snapshots” or definitions of community schools • To assess the commonalities and differences among the various community school models • To review the underlying research base of the community schools approach • To explore recent national trends related to community schools Children's Aid Society

  3. Coalition for Community Schools’ Definition A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, services, supports and opportunities leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone—all day, every day, evenings and weekends. Children's Aid Society

  4. Community Schools:A Responsive Strategy • Extended Hours • Extended Services • Extended Relationships (Partnerships) Children's Aid Society

  5. DevelopmentalTriangle core instructional program enrichment – educational & cultural removing barriers to learning & development • health • dental • mental health • social services Children's Aid Society

  6. Some Well-Known Models • Children’s Aid Society • Healthy Start • Beacons • Bridges to Success • Schools of the 21st Century (Yale) • 21st Century Community Learning Centers • WEPIC (University-Assisted) Children's Aid Society

  7. Dimensions that Distinguish Models • Comprehensiveness • Coherence (Integration) • Commitment • Funding • Point of Entry • Lead Agency/Partners • Governance Children's Aid Society

  8. Solid Research Base • Importance of ongoing support and opportunities to children’s development • Importance of parental involvement to children’s school success • Importance of non-school hours to children’s learning and development • Importance of consistent adult guidance • Importance of consistent messages from developmental influences • Service fragmentation hinders effectiveness Children's Aid Society

  9. Recent Trends • New funding streams (e.g., 21st CCLC) • New evidence on the effectiveness of community schools (e.g., Making the Difference study) • District-wide initiatives as efforts to “go to scale” (e.g., Chicago) • District policies that support CS strategy Children's Aid Society