ERIC Number: ED464425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Community Schools: Partnerships for Excellence.
A community school is both a set of partnerships involving the school, parents, and community and a place where services, supports, and opportunities lead to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities. A wide range of models and approaches fit into a basic community-school framework. Although every school is unique, the common theme of partnership with the surrounding community exists, encouraging student learning through community service and service learning. Operating in a public school building, this type of school is open to students, families, and the community before, during, and after school, 7 days a week. This document describes what community schools are and the various activities that take place within them. Some data-collection results suggest students improved their learning and achievement in the community-school environment, along with youth development assets such as prosocial skills and developing a sense of service to the community. Nine community schools are profiled as examples of successful school-parent-community partnerships. The document concludes with an informational listing of some of the key community-school networks across the country, plus a roster of the Coalition for Community Schools steering committee. (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, Student School Relationship
For full text: http://www.communityschools.org/pubs.coal.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Community Schools, Washington, DC.
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