New Community Schools Guide!

06 Oct 2011 |
New Community Schools Guide!

From our friends at Coalition for Community Schools:

Today, the Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadershipreleased Scaling Up School and Community Partnerships: The Community Schools Strategy.  Built on the experience of the growing number of local community schools initiatives across the country, this guide will help school districts and their public and private community partners organize and mobilize the resources of the entire community to support student success. The guide is the culmination of a two-year project funded by the Stuart Foundation.

“As our schools and communities face the demanding task of educating an increasingly poor and diverse student population they must work together,” said Martin Blank, Coalition Director and President of the Institute for Educational Leadership. “This guide shows them how to get the results that community schools are seeing across the country.”

In Tulsa, for example, school and community leaders have created the Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative (TACSI).  They built a collaborative leadership structure that shares responsibility for getting results.  Together, the school districts, city, community agencies, OU-Tulsa and other community partners now operate 31 community schools.  Research shows that students in high-implementing TACSI community schools outperformed non-community schools by 32 points in math and by 19 points in reading.  To learn more about the results that community schools are attaining, go to www.communityschools.org/results.

The Scale-Up Guide can be accessed on the internet atwww.communityschools.org/scalingup