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ERIC Number: EJ1076382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Where It All Comes Together: How Partnerships Connect Communities and Schools
Blank, Martin J.; Villarreal, Lisa
American Educator, v39 n3 p4-9, 43 Fall 2015
The modern-day community schools movement reached a new plateau in 2008 when Randi Weingarten made community schools a central element of her platform as the new president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The AFT's action was a milestone on a journey that began a decade earlier, when advocates for community schools determined that it was necessary to renew a core American value--that our public schools should be centers of flourishing communities where everyone belongs and works together to help our young people thrive. This article outlines how far the community schools movement has come since the AFT made community schools a priority in 2008. It explains why the movement has grown, clarifies what exactly makes a community school different from other schools, lays out how community schools work, and shows the positive results that community schools are attaining. The article concludes with a brief discussion of the challenges that lie ahead.
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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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