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Shah, Bela P. – National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families (NJ1), 2009
In cities and towns across America, millions of children and youth get out of school by mid-afternoon but have neither a safe, supervised place to go nor a structured or engaging activity in which to participate. Because the hours between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. are when young people are most likely to be affected by crime or to engage in risky…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Urban Programs, Partnerships in Education, State Programs
Blank, Martin J.; Shah, Bela P. – Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2004
Schools continue to face a wide array of issues as they seek to improve student achievement and strengthen the community. While community schools have been identified as an important model for addressing these issues, the challenges to creating and sustaining them cannot be overlooked. They are complex systems that must be established carefully…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Community Involvement, Academic Achievement, Governance
Shah, Bela P.; Blank, Martin J. – Principal Leadership, 2004
A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Because community schools are premised on the comprehensive nature of student learning and development, they not only offer rigorous curriculum but also provide additional services, support, and opportunities for children, youth, their…
Descriptors: Vision, Traditional Schools, Principals, Hospitals
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Blank, Martin J.; Shah, Bela P. – State Education Standard, 2003
Summarizes data from evaluations of 20 community-school initiatives that demonstrate their impact on outcomes that directly affect student learning. Collective results show that community schools improve student learning; promote family engagement with students and schools; function more effectively; and add vitality to communities. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Community Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Public Schools
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