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


This 2013 report is co-published by the Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational LeadershipPolicyLink, and the West Coast Collaborative.

Synopsis: 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.

The paper explores the relationship between various place-based strategies and the potential associated with the alignment of these strategies operating within the same geographic areas. The paper demonstrates that community schools offer a powerful vision and strategy for what schools should look like within broader place based initiatives and how community schools can benefit from alignment with other efforts.


Webinar – Listen to members for the Community Schools Leadership Network discuss how community schools fit in the landscape of place-based initiatives and share strategies for aligning and partnering at the local level.

Mapping Place Based Strategies Report – The report maps outs cities with and the need for collaboration between community schools, promise neighborhood and choice neighborhoods. It also highlights accompanying partners and Institutes of Higher Education.

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