ERIC Number: ED468546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Community Schools: Improving Student Learning/Strengthening Schools, Families, and Communities. A Handbook for State Policy Leaders.
Coalition for Community Schools, Washington, DC.
This handbook is designed to help state leaders form vital connections between schools and communities to improve student learning. It explains that community schools are beneficial because they meet students' basic needs, including safety; offer high quality curriculum and teaching aligned with academic standards; provide learning experiences that extend beyond the traditional school day; show students opportunities for success beyond academics; and engage students as active learners and contributors. Community schools make a difference by strengthening students, families, schools, and communities. Steps that state policy leaders can take to support community schools include developing and promoting a vision for improving student learning that incorporates the critical role of families and communities, as well as schools (e.g., articulating and promoting a vision of community schools that supports young people's learning and healthy development while strengthening families and communities); ensuring that all state programs and policies focus on supporting student learning (e.g., providing incentives for coordination at the local level); and making targeted investments in community schools to increase the effectiveness of existing programs and resources (e.g., supporting community school coordinator positions). (Contains 21 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Community Schools, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, School Community Relationship
Institute for Educational Leadership, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-822-8405; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.communityschools.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Community Schools, Washington, DC.
Note: A four-page executive summary is appended.