Tag Archive: Community Schools

Oct 12

New study of New York City’s massive ‘Community Schools’ program paints encouraging picture

A massive Community Schools program in New York City is demonstrating encouraging signs of progress, according to a comprehensive study released Wednesday by the Rand Corporation. One principal is quoted as saying: “The idea of supporting the entire family, as opposed to just looking at the child, it does so much. It says to the family, we’re here to do whatever we can to work with you to improve your child’s academic success.”

Jun 05

Legislative Update – June 5

While public education advocates were expecting the Joint Finance Committee could take up some measures relating to the K-12 budget soon, things seem to be at an impasse. The delay comes from a stir around school funding caused by the Assembly Republicans again floating the idea of creating their own education budget, which could cut about $90 million from the budget proposal currently on the table. Senators continue to push back hard, saying they will work off the original plan.

Jun 05

Community Schools model can be a successful strategy for improving schools under ESSA, researchers say

Community schools — which feature integrated student supports, expanded learning time, family and community engagement, and collaborative leadership — can be a successful strategy for improving schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). That’s the conclusion of a new research review released at the Community Schools Awards for Excellence Symposium.

May 30

Racine students, parents, community benefit from Community Schools model

The Community Schools Model, implemented this year at Knapp Elementary School in Racine, is benefitting students, parents and the community. “We can’t look at the whole child if we don’t look at their family and the community they live in,” said Jamie Racine, community schools manager for United Way of Racine County, which works with Knapp on the program, quoted in the Racine Journal Times. “We’re looking at all the components and finding out what do those folks need and how can we leverage our resources in our community to help everyone get where they need to go.”

Apr 19

NEA Executive Committee visits MTEA, applauds Community Schools program

The Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association welcomed the National Education Association Executive Committee to Milwaukee Tuesday. The NEA leaders – including President Lily Eskelsen García, Vice President Becky Pringle and Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss – met with MTEA’s leadership, MPS Administration and United Way representatives to find ways to continue the success and growth of Milwaukee’s seven #CommunitySchools.

Nov 22

Community Schools strengthen neighborhoods, raise achievement, new Brookings Institution paper says

Community Schools lead to improvements in attendance, health, school climate and achievement while strengthening neighborhoods, according to a new research paper by Brookings Institution researcher Reuben Jacobson. The paper, which is part of the Building Healthy Neighborhoods series, explores the potential for Community Schools to cultivate healthy neighborhoods through partnerships with educators, families, nonprofits, businesses, faith-based institutions, and community members. The Community Schools approach is gaining traction throughout America, and is growing in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.

Oct 12

MPS scores up; district no longer subject to takeover

The Department of Public Instruction and Milwaukee Public Schools announced Wednesday that – as the result of improved DPI scores – the Milwaukee Public Schools school district is no longer eligible for takeover under the MPS Takeover plan, also known as the Opportunity Schools Partnership Program. “We know what works in Milwaukee because we are seeing the results of positive, educator-driven initiatives like the Community School model,” said Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association President Kim Schroeder.

Sep 09

Investment in Community Schools would help students reach their full potential

Governor Walker and Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature have underinvested in public schools, and the state should reverse that trend in part by supporting the Community Schools Act, Senator Chris Larson said in the Democrats’ weekly radio address. Community Schools, he said, “invest in a holistic approach to education, addressing the complex factors contributing to student learning – like hunger, homelessness, and health care. Just picture schools being the center of a community the way they were meant to be. “