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The impetus behind community schools is to provide greater equity for lower income students within the school district.
- Unites academics with families, school, and community to create a web of support that nurtures the development of children and adults.
- Is both a place and a network of supportive partnerships between the school and the community, promoting improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.
- Is uniquely equipped to enhance the learning environment of schools by providing opportunities that improve students’ success and build a community prepared for the 21st century.
Core components of a community school
- Positive early childhood care and development
- Health / health education
- Mental health / social services
- Family / community engagement
- Youth development / out-of-school time
- Neighborhood development
- Lifelong learning
- Children and youth are our most precious resources.
- All children can learn.
- A community school improves student learning and promotes family engagement with students and their school.
- All families deserve access to guidance, support, and resources, as they are the primary nurturers, educators, and advocates for their children.
- Families, schools, and communities must work together to create safe and secure environments in which all young people can succeed.
- Community partnerships increase opportunities available for student and family learning.
- Public, private, and faith-based community organizations and businesses play a vital role in promoting positive youth development and capable families.
- Community schools add vitality and stability to neighborhood communities.
- Diversity is an asset to be valued and respected.
- Strong and innovative leadership is necessary for long-term planning and sustainability.
- A community school is strengthened by a system of accountability, evaluation, and continuous process improvement.
- The best outcomes for students will be realized when these conditions for learning are in place:
Mutual respect and effective collaboration exist among parents, families, and school staff. Community engagement and school efforts promote a school climate that is safe, supportive, and respectful, and connects students to a broader learning community. Early childhood development is fostered through high-quality, comprehensive programs that nurture learning and development.
In first photo: from left: Paige Whalen, Center Program Manager; Kelly Kruggel, Center Organizational Manager; Lesley Gudgel, Director of Sprouts Child Development Initiative; Robin Hicks, Program Manager for Children’s Behavioral Health; Maria Elena Kuykendall, Community Adviser for Power of Families Project; Christina Starzl Mendoza, Coordinator, Power of Families Project and Conexiones
In the second photo, Community School Coordinator and Center staff : from left, Top Row: Jessica McNeil, Community School Coordinator for Jarman and Jefferson Elementary Schools, Mike Whitham, Community School Coordinator for Grove Elementary, Erin Velez, Community School Coordinator for Rosa Parks Elementary, Mindi Bisdee, Community School Coordinator for Boevers Elementary, Elida Yeahquo, Community School Coordinator for Briarglen Elementary, Paige Whalen, Program Manager, Center for Community School Strategies
From Left, Bottom Row: Emma Thadani, Community School Coordinator for McAuliffe Elementary, Kulsum Siddiqui, Community School Coordinator for Roy Clark Elementary, Kelly Kruggel, Organizational Manager for Center for Community School Strategies