ERIC Number: ED553162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Reference Count: 5
A First Look at Community Schools in Baltimore
Olson, Linda S.
Baltimore Education Research Consortium
In partnership with the Mayor of Baltimore City and Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools), Family League of Baltimore (Family League) launched the Community & School Engagement Strategy in school year 2012-13. As part of that process, it intentionally aligned its existing Out of School Time (OST) activities with community schools practices. The major finding is that community schools that had been implementing community school practices for five or more years had statistically significant higher rates of attendance and lower rates of chronic absence when compared to non-community schools. Moreover, students who attended two years of OST had higher attendance rates and lower levels of chronic absence compared to similar peers who did not attend OST. The results also suggest that new recruits to the program, especially elementary students, received benefits during their initial year of participation. Recommendations are offered that suggest: Publishing annual reports to assess impact, monitor school climate and parent response rates; Identifying best practices at the schools that demonstrated significant changes; and Collect and examine data on teacher and staff retention as well as attendance patterns of staff at the school. The following are appended: (1) Family League's Vision of Community Schools in Baltimore; (2) Methodology; (3) 2013-14 Community Schools, Lead Agencies and OST Providers; and (4) Chronology of Community Schools in Baltimore.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Community Schools, After School Programs, Attendance, Suspension, School Effectiveness, Alignment (Education), Administrative Change, Principals, Leadership, English Language Learners, Low Income Groups, Educational Environment, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent Surveys, School Community Relationship, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, High School Students
Baltimore Education Research Consortium. 2701 North Charles Street Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21218. Tel: 410-516-4044; Web site: http://www.baltimore-berc.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research-practitioner Partnerships
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Sponsor: Wallace Foundation
Authoring Institution: Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC)
Identifiers - Location: Maryland