Community Schools

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
4 min read
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
6 min read
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
7 min read
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
Education Opinion Community Schools Are Turnaround Models
Community schools offering wraparound services offer the best hope for failing schools.
Walt Gardner, April 5, 2017
1 min read
Education Opinion Response: Community Schools 'Transform the Lives of Children and Families'
Mark Gaither, Dr. JoAnne Ferrara, Katrina Kickbush, and Mavis G. Sanders share their thoughts on Community Schools, and readers who are leaders of Community Schools around the United States also contribute their experiences.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 1, 2017
22 min read
Education Opinion What Are Community Schools?
The new "question-of-the-week" is: What happens in Community Schools - how do they work?
Larry Ferlazzo, March 29, 2017
1 min read
Education Opinion Community Schools Offer Hope to Disadvantaged Students
By offering wraparound services, community schools have the potential to change the lives of disadvantaged students.
Walt Gardner, August 8, 2016
1 min read
School & District Management Are Community Schools Part of the Answer to Chronic Absenteeism?
A new report finds that students attending longstanding community schools tend to have better attendance than students attending more typical schools—but only at the elementary and middle school levels.
Marva Hinton, June 3, 2016
3 min read
Families & the Community ESSA May Offer Megaphone for Parent, Community Voices
Advocates for parent and community engagement see a chance to expand on their impact under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Andrew Ujifusa & Sarah Tully, March 22, 2016
8 min read
School & District Management Video Blunting the Impact of Poverty With Community Schools – 2016 Leaders to Learn From
Rather than waiting to see how job losses and higher housing costs would impact the schools in Vancouver, Wash., top leaders in the district set out in 2008 to create an “opportunity zone” where schools would focus on addressing the impact of poverty that can affect students’ classroom performance. In several phases, schools in the opportunity zone each set aside space for a family- and community-resource center staffed by a coordinator to help meet the needs of students and their families. Each resource center developed its own menu of services that are tailored to the specific needs of the school community, offering things like food pantries, free clothing, referrals to mental-health services, family-literacy classes, GED prep programs for parents, and on-site dental care through mobile dental vans. “We have a vested interest in the success of young people,” Superintendent Steve Webb says. “Too many of our young people have barriers to student success in their homes and in their neighborhoods. ... If not us, then who?” City leaders and school volunteers credit Webb and his chief of staff, Tom Hagley, with helping make that vision a reality. This video was produced as part of Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From project, recognizing outstanding school district leaders from around the country. More at http://leaders.edweek.org. Education Week Video
February 24, 2016
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Equity & Diversity Leader To Learn From Community Schools Blunt the Impacts of Poverty in Vancouver, Wash.
Superintendent Steve Webb and Chief of Staff Tom Hagley saw big economic changes coming to the Vancouver, Wash., district, and undertook a major initiative to place a range of supportive services for students and families in the city’s schools. They are recognized as 2016 Leaders To Learn From.
Evie Blad, February 24, 2016
8 min read
Data Can Technology Help Community Schools Go To Scale?
Proponents of community schools say better tools to facilitate the sharing of student data between schools and community partners can help the model take root.
Benjamin Herold, January 30, 2016
6 min read