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Supporting and Empowering Teachers: The Role of School-Community Partnerships

Martin J. Blank | Posted 11.11.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Guest Authors: Helen Janc Malone, Director of Institutional Advancement and National Director, Education Policy Fellowship Program and Reuben Jacobson...

Learning from the Community School Model

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

A few weeks ago, a little girl was tragically hit by a car outside of our school. Immediately, hashtags were promoted, booths were erected, fundraising began. Parents donned bright vests as volunteer crossing guards. In the blink of an eye, we had become a Community School.

What Happens When a Crack House Becomes an Early Childhood Learning Center?

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.13.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Oyler has become a beacon of what is possible when the community, city leaders, families, educators and partners work together.

The Problem With Poverty Statistics

Dan Cardinali | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics
Dan Cardinali

As a natural optimist, I like to think that we're making headway on the poverty issue, but that does not mean we can pat ourselves on the back and unfurl the banner proclaiming "mission accomplished." In fact, I would argue that any progress thus far represents the proverbial low-hanging fruit and that further advances will require even deeper commitment and more creative thinking.

Community Wisdom and the Dyett High School Hunger Strikers

Martin J. Blank | Posted 08.27.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Until we get to a point where decision making can be shared in Chicago and elsewhere, we will stand with the wisdom of our partners and friends at Dyett who are risking their well-being in their quest for a high performing community school.

Community Schools As a Model for a Civil Rights-Oriented ESEA

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.06.2015 | Education
Elaine Weiss

With Congress poised to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), originally passed as part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, organizations from a broad range of perspectives are claiming the civil rights mantle in promoting their visions for the new bill.

Robert Putnam - And Why Community Schools Matter

Martin J. Blank | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

In his book, Putnam recognizes the power and potential of community schools to address some of the challenges that our young people, our families, our communities and the entire society face.

Chronic Absenteeism, Poverty and How Community Schools Can Help

Martin J. Blank | Posted 02.01.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Guest blog by Nicole Mader, Education Policy Analyst at the Center for NYC Affairs at the New School. All school leaders know that children have to ...

The $65 Dollar "Solution"

Dan Cardinali | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays when we tend to think about the less fortunate, and this year, I'll be thinking specifically about two numbers: $49 and $65.

An Emergent Approach to School-Community-Family Partnerships

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.20.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

The recent article on Strategic Philanthropy for A Complex World explored the idea of an "emergent approach to philanthropy." It evoked several thoug...

Navigating the Culture of Schools and Communities

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Brooke Troutman, a Northwestern University intern with the Coalition for Community Schools, at the Institute for Educational Leadership, contributed t...

Reclaim the Promise of Brown v. Board

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

How is it that, 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended the legal basis for separate but equal schooling, some public schools in the United States have gleaming labs, libraries and laptops while others lack textbooks, toilet paper and teachers certified in their subjects?

Mapping the Way Forward for the Student Support Movement

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.15.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

When will it all pay off? I believe we'll begin to see some return on investment almost immediately. Public awareness, for instance, tends to grow geometrically rather than arithmetically, so we could see relatively quick gains in local and national support.

3 Reasons to Be Proud for Supporters of Education Equality

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Dan Cardinali

On March 27, policymakers, teachers, philanthropists and Integrated Student Supports providers rolled up their sleeves, pulled up their chairs, and sat down at the table -- both literally and figuratively. And with that, ISS officially became a part of the national conversation.

Opportunity for All Demands All of Us

Martin J. Blank | Posted 05.05.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Contributors: Kwesi Rollins, Director, Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educational Leadership and Reuben Jacobson, Senior Research Associate ...

The Experts Have Spoken: Integrated Student Supports Improve Educational Outcomes

Dan Cardinali | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Dan Cardinali

There aren't many seminal moments in the field of education research, which often manages to be esoteric, expansive, parochial and contradictory, all ...

A War on Poverty, or on the Poor?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.20.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Despite herculean efforts by many Democrats, Congress has allowed unemployment assistance to expire for 1 million out-of-work Americans, and has thwarted efforts to raise the minimum wage and slashed food stamps. Rather than a war on poverty, it feels like a war on the poor.

Our Kids, Our Future

Jane Williams | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Jane Williams

In one of his last interviews before disappearing to write his next book, Robert Putnam spoke with Jane Williams on Bloomberg EDU about the growing gap in social mobility among U.S. children.

Can Bill de Blasio Implement a Broader, Bolder Approach to New York City Education?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.10.2014 | New York
Elaine Weiss

The question now is whether the city will be at the forefront of the growing momentum to advance a more comprehensive, community-led approach to educational improvement?

Community School Collaborations--A Lifeline for Early Learning Program Success

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

Guest Bloggers: Janet Brown, Senior Early Childhood Program Specialist and Kwesi Rollins, Director of Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educati...

Community-Centered Schools: A Challenge and Opportunity for Teach For America

Martin J. Blank | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

This is a guest post from my colleague Mary Kingston, Public Policy Manager of the Coalition for Community Schools and TFA Alumnae. There are few thi...

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

The promise of a great public education for all children is under pressure not only from out-of-touch legislators, but from economic and societal factors outside school that make it much more difficult to achieve success within the classroom.

Connecting the Dots: Inequality and Education and the Need for Community

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

As we Race to the Top and offer states "flexibility" on NCLB, evidence continues to mount that our efforts to improve educational outcomes are focused on the wrong problem.

Early Learning Is Everyone's Business

Martin J. Blank | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

As I travel across the country to talk with school and community leaders about the importance of community schools, part of the conversation is always...

Communities Hold the Answer to Student Success

Jennifer Peck | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

Given that school finance systems are often not designed to provide equitable opportunities for student learning and support, the Community School approach is an effective and efficient way to make the most of existing resources to meet a child's needs.