Community Schools Initiative
Successful students…healthy families…engaged communities
Working with businesses, foundations, and local agencies, Union Public Schools plays an integral part in the well being of children and their families, offering Community Schools which provide enrichment and unique support opportunities. Community Schools serve as neighborhood centers, improving the quality of life for students, families, and surrounding areas.
Union believes that students whose families have access to proper health care, counseling services and other programs will be much more successful in their educational endeavors.
What is a Community School?
The Community Schools concept is organized and supported through the Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative community-wide partnership and delivered at participating neighborhood elementary schools in the Union and Tulsa public school districts as part of an initiative of support provided by the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa
A community school:
Core components of a community school
The funding for the programs including salaries for the community school coordinators comes from school partners, grants, private donors, state money, school fundraisers, Family & Children's Services.
Union began laying the foundation for the creation of multiple community schools. Announced in the summer of 2006, the initiative was an effort to bring in community and agency partners to lower socioeconomic level students to provide greater equity. In addition to the Oklahoma Bedlam Alliance for Health clinics, Union students at designated schools have access to mobile dental programs.
Counseling services from mental health agencies and after-school and summer programs such as Catch Camp, a partnership with the YMCA, provide structure and exposure to academics and activities that will provide students a chance to develop skills, abilities and interests that might carry over to engagement in school.
Union offered health clinics at Rosa Parks and Roy Clark Elementary Schools until they were closed by OU Physicians in May 2019. However, affected families have another option that is available. Community Health Connection is a full-service family practice clinic offering a broad array of services, including dental, prenatal, women's health, pediatrics, family medicine and behavioral health services and a full-service pharmacy.
Center for Community Schools Strategies Vision
The Center for Community School Strategies is a program of the Community Service Council. We envision a time when community schools serve as centers of community life, offering comprehensive programs, services, and opportunities to students, families, and the neighboring community.
Sustained by family, school, and community partnerships, community schools provide nurturing environments and enriching opportunities which promote successful learning.
With the support of community schools, every student will graduate from high school with a complete education, equipped with the academic, physical, social, and emotional skills needed to achieve success and continued active involvement in the community.
The Community Agenda
Union Public Schools has agreed to be a part of the Community Agenda for America’s Public Schools, an action plan to ensure that all children enter school healthy, ready to learn and succeed.
It prepares students to pursue post secondary education and become productive family and community members. The Community Agenda will help struggling youth, families and communities improve their lives by fostering school and community partnerships that support student outcomes. Key national leaders from education, youth development, community engagement, health and social services, and higher education organizations will sign on to a set of strategies and solutions enabling communities to support public education.
Quality education is critical and schools cannot do the job in isolation. For all students to achieve academic success the community must become active partners in addressing the challenges in the lives of youth, their families and neighborhoods, enabling schools to remain focused on their core mission of education.
Through consultation, training and advocacy, The Center for Community School Strategies helps schools, districts and stakeholders implement Community School strategies to create welcoming community hubs which engage, support and strengthen students, families and neighborhoods.
Community School strategies help schools build trust, community, and opportunity to revitalize schools and give children the vibrant futures they deserve.
The Center for Community School Strategies envisions a world in which all children learn and succeed through support from their families and communities. We envision a time when community schools serve as centers of community life, offering comprehensive programs, services and opportunities to students, families and the neighboring community. Sustained by family, schools, and community partnerships, community schools provide nurturing environments and enriching opportunities which promote successful learning.
With the necessary supports and infrastructure in place, every student will graduate from high school with a complete education, equipped with the academic, physical, social and emotional skills needed to achieve success and continued active involvement in the community.
Community Schools open their doors to the community to become neighborhood
hubs of support and resources.
We are guided by a philosophy and strategic approach to supporting today’s children and families which employs an innovative, yet common-sense approach for improving the success of students, families and schools. Following are the guiding principles and core values that drive our work every day:
Before children can learn in schools, their basic needs must be met. All children need an engaged community to thrive.Community Service Council
Community Schools District Coordinator