Parent Leadership Is Often “Missing Link” In Community Schools

I’m a big supporter of community schools — where schools provide many programs and services to students and the community beyond traditional classes — and have previously published many posts about them. The San Francisco Chronicle this morning published a front page story about a big community schools effort in Oakland. One issue, though, that […]

New Report On Community Schools

Lightening the Load: A Look at Four Ways that Community Schools Can Support Effective Teaching is a new report from The Center For American Progress. I’ve written a fair number of posts about community schools, which, simply speaking, are schools which provide a lot of community services to the broader community. I obviously think they […]

“High Performing Community Schools Receive National Awards for Excellence”

I’ve written in the past about “community schools,” which are schools that make a particular effort to connect with the surrounding community. Many, though not all, work with local parents and community members as partners in developing effective strategies (some of these schools, though well-intentioned, just decide to do programs on their own). Three schools […]

Community Schools In Oakland?

Oakland Schools Struggle, but Emeryville May Point a Way Up is the headline of a New York Times article today about an effort to connect schools with social service agencies. I’ve written about these kinds of projects — called Community Schools — previously. They certainly help. My concern, though, about many of them is that […]

More On “Community Schools”

I’ve written before about Community Schools, and how they can help engage families. Typically, community schools are ones that host multiple social services, as well as regular school classes. Two articles about them have recently come-out. One is titled Community Schools: Reform’s Lesser-Known Frontier and appeared in Education Week. The other is A Community School […]

Community Schools

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Education Secretary Duncan spoke at a conference yesterday designed to support the creation of more “community schools” in the United States. Typically, community schools are ones that host multiple social services, as well as regular school classes. A report on community schools was released at the conference. The […]

January’s (2020) Useful Parent Engagement Resources – Part One

Parents aren’t powerless when it comes to sleep-deprived teenagers is from Eureka Alert.   Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy: A Review of the Evidence New @REL_SE REL Tool complements and extends a @WhatWorksED practice guide by providing step-by-step guidance for teachers to support families in practicing foundational reading skills at home.https://t.co/LQABkQsTbf pic.twitter.com/RqoDQnP2qb […]

February’s (2019) Useful Parent Engagement Resources – Part Two

$1.7 million contract to establish Binghamton Community Schools Technical Assistance Center is from Eureka Alert. This is a really neat idea, for family engagement in general and for the benefit of parents reflecting on their own school experiences. These experiences shape their perspectives and concerns about their children's education–and inform teachers. #SatChat #nt2t #LeadLAP https://t.co/plvoVEAjqk […]

February’s (2019) Useful Parent Engagement Resources – Part One

Time parents spend with children key to academic success is from Science Daily. What’s a More Important Parent Investment: Money or Time? is from Ed Week. Community schools score key victory in LA teachers strike is from The Conversation. Tighter Home-School Bonds Improve Students’ Social and Emotional Skills (as Well as Academics) is from Ed […]

August’s (2018) Useful Parent Engagement Resources – Part Two

Adult-child conversations strengthen language regions of developing brain is from Science Daily. In Minn., a Push to Build Parents’ Confidence in Native American Ed. is from Ed Week. Partnering with families helps students succeed. Learn how to increase engagement with the families of #ELL students. https://t.co/awwJcIQFO9 #ELLchat @SarahOttow @MrsSaid17 — Teaching Channel (@TeachingChannel) August 17, […]

July’s (2018) Useful Parent Engagement Resources – Part One

Family and community engagement are key to high-quality community schools. Here’s how two schools are building relationships of trust and respect via @LPI_Learning’s @annaemaierhttps://t.co/K6vlh15bDv — Parent Hub (@ParentHub_UK) July 2, 2018 “Educational practices and policies rooted in these parent-blaming and family-deficit models aim to manipulate students and families into compliance-to assimilate and adopt mainstream cultural […]

May’s (2018) Useful Parent Engagement Resources – Part One

Seven Research-Based Ways Families Promote Early Literacy Partnering with Newcomer Families is from Harvard. New toolkit: Helping Immigrant Families Navigate Migration Decisions and Schooling in a Different Country https://t.co/h7UjIs8ynR | Pls share w/ colleagues & networks – this case study focuses on Mexico but recs apply broadly @ProvenPrincipal @NASSP @NAESP @AASAHQ @AFSAUnion pic.twitter.com/X5MesKjqST — Colorín […]

February’s (2018) Useful Parent Engagement Resources – Part One

Framing Difficult Feedback for Parents | Edutopia https://t.co/h93bsOIjGf — Jana Echevarria, PhD (@Jechev) February 1, 2018 Family and community engagement are key to high-quality community schools. Here’s how two schools are building relationships of trust and respect via @LPI_Learning’s @annaemaier https://t.co/tvTt05tzgM — LindaDarling-Hammond (@LDH_ed) February 1, 2018 What matters most to parents? https://t.co/0SCH9dQl5M — Jana […]

“Community Engagement: The Secret Ingredient”

Community Engagement: The Secret Ingredient is a good commentary from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform that provides a good critique of much that is done in the name of “community-based” place-based-initiatives in education. Simply put, they tend to be foundation and professional-driven instead of led by community residents — including parents. It’s a critique […]

“More Schools Open Their Doors to the Whole Community”

More Schools Open Their Doors to the Whole Community is a Wall Street Journal article about…community schools. Here’s an excerpt: WYOMING, Mich.—On a recent weekday here, a steady stream of people dropped by one central location for food stamps, family counseling and job ideas—their local school. While instruction has ended for the summer, these classrooms […]

“Nonprofit and for-profit partners help Cincinnati transform its failing schools”

Nonprofit and for-profit partners help Cincinnati transform its failing schools is from Ed Source, and provides an excellent overview of the efforts to create community schools in that city. As usual, though, I wish “parents” would have also been in the mix. I’m still adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Community Schools.