On the weekend of May 18-20, Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J) hosted over 200 attendees in Chicago, Illinois for their national conference: We Choose Equity, Not The Illusion of School Choice.
Zakiyah Ansari (left) of the Alliance for Quality
Education and Ocynthia Williams of United Parents of
Highbridgewere named to the Community Schools
One of best ways to turnaround a struggling school is to transform it into a "community school," a hub for all types of wraparound supports from medical services and tutoring for students to English language classes and job training for parents. In New York City, advocates and organizers have rallied around the idea of community schools and called for the city to expand the few programs that already exist.
School boards play a key role in setting the vision and tone for their local school systems. This guide can serve as a blueprint for board members who wish to create a better-coordinated system of "whole-child" supports for children and their families. Included in the document are guiding questions to help school board members assess current district partnerships and determine what new efforts and capacities might better support their students. The guide also highlights districts around the country who use the "community school" model as one strategy to deliver these needed supports. These districts show the different paths taken to build comprehensive education systems and can serve as models for community partnerships in other states and districts.
Partnerships, NOT Pushouts
New "Whole-Child" Policy Guide for School Board Members
The key to ensuring access to educational opportunity for each and every child is to build a strong public school at the heart of every community.
Across the nation, advocates are beginning to use the idea of a "community school" as a model for improving their local education systems. At the Community Schools National Forum in Cincinnati last week, top educators from the US and abroad learned about this powerful new model and how it could be scaled up nationally.