ERIC Number: ED557083
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Reference Count: 6
The Growing Convergence of Community Schools and Expanded Learning Opportunities
Jacobson, Reuben; Jamal, Shama S.; Jacobson, Linda; Blank, Martin J.
Coalition for Community Schools
From statehouse to schoolhouse, interest in community schools and expanded learning opportunities (ELO) has grown. This report captures the interaction between these two mutually beneficial education reforms in local communities and draws important lessons that will help schools, districts, community partners, and others. It illustrates the prevalence of expanded learning opportunities in community schools across the country. Findings from this study showed that expanded learning opportunities are a core component of the community schools strategy. Community schools are providing learning experiences across various time dimensions and provide intentional, structured, and coordinated partnerships at the school site that put children at the center of learning. This study also highlights best practices for implementing expanded learning opportunities through the community schools strategy. Community schools have successfully aligned learning opportunities with the school's core mission and offer collaborative platforms at the community and school levels for crafting a comprehensive ELO strategy. Community schools also ensure the provision of high-quality ELO programs as a responsibility of all partners and sustain ELO efforts through innovative blending of funds. As more localities continue to explore new ways for providing ELO for their students to prepare them for college, career, citizenship, and life, the community schools strategy will provide a vehicle and vision for creating and sustaining partnerships for successful learning opportunities. Looking into the future, it will be essential for community schools and expanded learning opportunities advocates and practitioners to work together. Five appendices include: (1) Data Sources; (2) Lincoln Case Study--Expanding Learning Opportunities through Partnership; (3) Baltimore Case Study--Strategic Alignment of Community Schools and ELO; (4) Community Schools Superintendents Leadership Council; and (5) Coalition for Community Schools Partners.
Descriptors: Community Schools, Educational Opportunities, Educational Change, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Best Practices, Alignment (Education), Educational Quality, Educational Finance, Leadership, Case Studies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Community Schools; Institute for Educational Leadership
Identifiers - Location: Maryland; Nebraska