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ERIC Number: EJ1002981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Community Schools: It Takes a Village
Garrett, Kristi
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v78 n3 p14-17, 19-20 Nov 2012
Lately educators are hearing more about full-service community schools, which pair schools with other community resources in pursuit of the long-term goal of improving academic performance. (These full-service schools are differentiated from the community day schools that serve expelled students.) The focus on academics is what makes today's community schools strategy different from community-based schools of the past. Jane Quinn of the National Center for Community Schools describes it as "a strategy for organizing the resources of the community around student success." Full-service community schools are partnerships with organizations that offer support services for children and families that traditionally work independently. The community schools bring them together to more efficiently provide what families need, such as mental and physical health services, connections to basic social services, and expanded learning opportunities for children and parents, all complementing a strong core instructional program. A study by Communities in Schools, a nationwide network of educators that provides both advocacy and practical support for public schools, found that community school strategies had positive effects on dropout rates, test scores, school attendance, discipline, and student attitudes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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