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States Will California’s $4.1-Billion Bet on Community Schools Transform K-12 Education?
Community schools could vastly improve educational outcomes, but this high-cost experiment is no quick fix, experts say.
Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2022
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First-graders Rhiannon Hanson, left, and Holden Ashbrook make fruit skewers in class at Lincoln Elementary School in Dubuque, Iowa, on Jan. 20, 2022. Project Rooted has partnered with Dubuque Community Schools for a pilot program in which it provides monthly boxes containing local foods and a project to first-grade classrooms.
First-graders Rhiannon Hanson, left, and Holden Ashbrook make fruit skewers at Lincoln Elementary School in Dubuque, Iowa. The U.S. Department of Education is providing grants to high-quality community schools that provide wraparound services like the nutrition programs at Lincoln Elementary.
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Federal Biden Administration Boosts Grants for Community Schools, Sharpens Funding Priorities
The Education Department will award $68 million through its Full-Service Community Schools program.
Libby Stanford, July 12, 2022
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Student Well-Being States Aren't Meeting Students' Needs, Wide-Ranging Analysis Shows
The Education Trust analyzed state policies on school discipline, wraparound services, educator diversity, and community engagement.
Arianna Prothero, February 23, 2022
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Then-MacKenzie Bezos arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 4, 2018. MacKenzie Scott is one of the 50 Americans who gave the most to charity in 2020, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual rankings.
Then-MacKenzie Bezos arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2018. Her organization has donated more than $8.5 billion to charities since 2020 and its latest gift went to a national nonprofit that provides wraparound services to students in need.
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Student Well-Being Nonprofit Serving Schools in Need Gets Surprise $133.5 Million Gift From MacKenzie Scott
The donation puts Communities in Schools on a path to expand wraparound health and social services to more Title I schools nationwide.
Denisa R. Superville, February 3, 2022
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Policy & Politics Reported Essay What Is the Purpose of School?
We can’t build resilient schools until we agree what education's core role should be. And right now, we don’t agree.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 14, 2021
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In this June 23, 2020 photo, Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-NY, speaks during a campaign event in New York.
U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., a former middle school principal, is pressing for more support for community schools in order to meet families' needs.
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Federal Progressives Pressure Biden to Help Schools Address Student Homelessness
Some Democrats in Congress say federal officials must promote cooperation across agencies to help children and families in unstable housing.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 11, 2021
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Education A Massive Rollout of 'Community Schools' Shows Signs of Paying Off, Report Finds
New York City's efforts to transform schools into full-service hubs for their community is translating to better graduation and attendance rates, according to an evaluation from RAND.
Megan Ruge, January 29, 2020
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School & District Management Opinion Becoming A Community School District
A school district leader reflects on the value of partnering with university researchers on community schools work.
Urban Education Contributor, May 17, 2018
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Partnership for Equity: Learning from Oakland's Full Service Community Schools
A longitudinal, multi-methods research project examines early outcomes and ongoing implementation of one school district's efforts towards becoming the nation's first full service community schools district.
Urban Education Contributor, May 14, 2018
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Building Collaborative Learning Environments in an Inquiry-Based Community School
Lyel Resner interviews the founders of Compass Charter School, a progressive community school in Brooklyn, about strategies and challenges of building a true community school, elevating empathy in the school model, and what leaves them hopeful when children engage in inquiry and connect across their differences.
Contributing Blogger, September 20, 2017
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Mirta Rosales, the parent coordinator at P.S. 188 in New York City, greets a student during the last week of the school year. The school provides a range of health and social services to students and families in an effort to blunt the effects of poverty on student achievement and is part of a growing national trend of community schools.
Mirta Rosales, the parent coordinator at P.S. 188 in New York City, greets a student during the last week of the school year. The school provides a range of health and social services to students and families in an effort to blunt the effects of poverty on student achievement and is part of a growing national trend of community schools.
Mark Abramson for Education Week.
Student Well-Being As Schools Tackle Poverty, Attendance Goes Up, But Academic Gains Are Tepid
Flooding impoverished schools with health and social services is not new, but these so-called "community schools" initiatives are gaining steam in places like New York City. But is it an effective strategy for improving long struggling schools?
Denisa R. Superville, July 11, 2017
9 min read
Equity & Diversity Community Schools Are an Effective School Improvement Strategy, Brief Says
Done well, community schools can be an effective school improvement strategy, a new research brief says.
Evie Blad, June 5, 2017
3 min read
School & District Management Video How Community Schools Can Cultivate Hope, Opportunity, and Agency (Discussion)
Education Week's 2017 Leaders To Learn From featured a discussion with Vancouver, Wash., School Superintendent Steve Webb, Chief of Staff Tom Hagley, and Director of Family and Community Engagement Tamara Shoup. They sat down with Education Week's Evie Blad to discuss the district's community schools. Community schools are a strategy to unite and mobilize families, schools, and communities in educating the next generation. By leveraging an array of expertise and services, community schools can reduce barriers to learning, improve student outcomes, and build strong school and neighborhood assets.
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