ERIC Number: ED477535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May-13
Making the Difference: Research and Practice in Community Schools.
Blank, Martin J.; Melaville, Atelia; Shah, Bela P.
This study reviews the research on community schools and reports on evaluations of community schools initiatives across the United States. It explains that community schools are important solutions in improving student learning. It uses research and evaluation data, as well as local school experiences, to illustrate why community schools are important to the education and development of all students. Five chapters address: (1) "The Community School Advantage" (e.g., building social capital, providing learning opportunities that develop academic and non-academic skills, and leading an effective school environment); (2) "The Conditions for Schooling" (e.g., students are motivated and engaged in learning, both in school and in community settings, and there is mutual respect and effective collaboration among parents, families, and school staff); (3) "The Impact of Community Schools: A Review of Current Evaluation Findings" (e.g., the impact of community schools in youth, families, schools, and communities); (4) "From Research to Practice" (e.g., connected learning experiences and community partnerships); and (5) "An Action Agenda" (e.g., a motivating vision and strategic organization and financing). Five appendices present: community school profiles and narrative overviews; community school evaluations (description, design, and findings); additional resources; national and local community school networks; and coalition for community school partners. Also appended is an executive summary. (Contains approximately 180 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Schools, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, Program Evaluation, School Community Relationship, School Culture, School Health Services, Social Capital, Student Motivation, Urban Schools
Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036 ($12). Tel: 202-822-8405; Fax: 202-872-4050; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.communityschools.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Polk Bros. Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Nellie Mae Foundation, Braintree, MA.; KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Cincinnati, OH.; Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Community Schools, Washington, DC.