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Blank, Martin J.; Jacobson, Reuben; Melaville, Atelia – Center for American Progress, 2012
A community school is a place and a set of partnerships connecting a school, the families of students, and the surrounding community. A community school is distinguished by an integrated focus on academics, youth development, family support, health and social services, and community development. The community school strategy is central to efforts…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Social Services, Unions, Community Development
Blank, Martin J.; Jacobson, Reuben; Melaville, Atelia; Pearson, Sarah S. – Coalition for Community Schools, 2010
Community schools are one of the most efficient and effective strategies to improve outcomes for students as well as families and communities. Community schools leverage public and private investments by generating additional financial resources from partners and other sources. This report looks at how community schools finance their work. It…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Success, Educational Resources, Educational Finance
Melaville, Atelia – 2002
A community school is both a set of partnerships involving the school, parents, and community and a place where services, supports, and opportunities lead to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities. A wide range of models and approaches fit into a basic community-school framework. Although every school is unique,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent School Relationship
Berg, Amy C.; Melaville, Atelia; Blank, Martin J. – Coalition for Community Schools, 2006
This paper explores ways in which principals of community schools--and other principals who, though they may not yet identify their schools as community schools, are responding in a very similar manner--work successfully with community partners, families, and other key stakeholders to improve student outcomes. By reflecting on the topic from the…
Descriptors: Principals, Community Schools, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education
Melaville, Atelia; Berg, Amy C.; Blank, Martin J. – Coalition for Community Schools, 2006
Education is the foundation of democracy. As such it must work for all young people. Yet far too often young people disengage from learning and do not reach their full, human potential. Community schools--places where partners come together to offer a range of supports and opportunities for children, youth, families, and communities before,…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Democracy, Citizenship Education, Community Education
Melaville, Atelia; Berg, Amy C.; Blank, Martin J. – Coalition for Community Schools, 2006
Community schools foster a learning environment that extends far beyond the classroom walls. Students learn and problem solve in the context of their lives and communities. Community schools nurture this natural engagement. Because of the deep and purposeful connections between schools and communities, the curriculum is influenced and enhanced,…
Descriptors: Democracy, Community Schools, Citizenship Education, School Community Relationship
Blank, Martin J.; Berg, Amy C.; Melaville, Atelia – Coalition for Community Schools, 2006
Leaders in the nation's schools and communities are working together across the boundaries of education, government, and public, private and community-based agencies to create community schools. The 11 communities profiled in this report illustrate how cross-boundary leadership helps community schools move from pilot projects to large-scale,…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Leadership, Educational Change, Partnerships in Education
Melaville, Atelia – 2000
This publication summarizes challenges and emerging issues that cities face as they respond to the needs of children and families. Data come from in-depth interviews with officials from 28 cities that participate in the National League of Cities' Municipalities in Transition Project, a high-level research effort drawing on information and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Child Development, Child Safety, City Government
Miller, Laurie; Melaville, Atelia; Blank, Helen – 2002
One of a series concerning state policies and practices in child care and early education, this report profiles state-driven comprehensive early childhood initiatives designed to create state and local partnerships that share power and responsibility while promoting local decision-making autonomy in spending resources to improve services for…
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Change Strategies, Day Care, Partnerships in Education
Melaville, Atelia – 1998
To provide more information about school-community initiatives, a mapping project was developed to show the broad outlines of the movement to bring about change through school-community efforts and to show some of the movement's more specialized details. Focusing on initiatives at the kindergarten through grade 12 level, the mapping project…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Profiles
Melaville, Atelia – 1998
A project to map the outlines of school-community initiatives for educational improvement was undertaken to provide more information about these cooperative efforts. The mapping project aimed to identify the major types, purposes, and strategies of school-community initiatives and explore the dynamics of implementing, sustaining, and expanding…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Profiles
Blank, Martin J.; Melaville, Atelia; Shah, Bela P. – 2003
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…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Schools, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education
Blank, Martin J.; Melaville, Atelia; Shah, Bela P. – Coalition for Community Schools, 2003
Through this report, the Coalition for Community Schools, an alliance of more than 160 national, state, and local organizations, makes the case that community schools offer a practical and effective strategy for educating all children to their full potential. It outlines the advantages of community schools and the conditions for learning that…
Descriptors: Traditional Schools, Community Schools, Profiles, Social Capital
Melaville, Atelia I. – 1997
Many efforts to implement a results-based framework for public programs have been marred by confusion about terms and basic definitions, and difficulty in identifying appropriate results and performance measures. This guide is intended to help planners identifying program results and indicators and tie them to an established planning, budgeting,…
Descriptors: Accountability, Budgeting, Data Interpretation, Educational Finance
Melaville, Atelia I.; Blank, Martin J. – Principal, 2000
Community schools come in all shapes and sizes, offering wide-ranging support and opportunities for children, families, and the greater community. Elementary principals from several rural and urban community schools explain how close-knit community partnerships created campuses that involved parents, energized teachers, and enhanced children's…
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Involvement, Elementary Education, Family Involvement
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