What is a Community School Partnership?

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What is a Community School Partnership?

Community Schools Partnerships offer communities the opportunity to support the needs of children and families with an intentional, enhanced and supported academic, social and emotional health experience in the school setting as well as at other local agency and community-based sites.

Best practices include:

  • Tailored Community School Partnership Experience
  • Creating, Developing and Establishing Assets and Resources In Your Community
  • Rural, Urban and Suburban Experiences Are Unique
  • Start Small, Scale Up
  • Community and Family Engagement
  • Leadership and Governance: Informal or Formal
  • Funding: Leverage current funding resources and/or find-create additional sustainable funding sources
  • Evaluation of Programs and Services
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What is a Community School Partnership?

In a community school, youth, families and community residents work as equal partners with schools and other community institutions to develop and tailor programs and services for that community.

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California Superintendents Discuss Community Schools

California Superintendents Discuss Community Schools

School Leaders engaged in the community schools partnerships movement share perspective on the impact of community schools in engaging students and families and creating sustainable learning environments.

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National League of Cities: Strategies for A Municipal Agenda to Strengthen Families & Improve Outcomes for Children and Youth

The National League of Cities’ City Platform for Children and Families calls on municipal leaders to set bold, measurable, locally-defined goals or targets…

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Sample Partnership Materials

This section of the Toolkit contains examples of partnerships and their relevant documents and materials that can serve as guiding resources for emerging or sustaining partnerships.

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The Role of Community Schools in Place-Based Initiatives: Collaborating for Student Success by William R. Potapchuk

“Across the United States, communities are thinking differently about how to transform their schools and neighborhoods. There is tremendous excitement about strategies that weave together resources in a clearly defined “place” to collectively improve outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities.” Learn more from this report co-published by the Coalition for Community SchoolsInstitute for Educational LeadershipPolicyLink, and the West Coast Collaborative.

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