Friday, May 27, 2011

The Coalition for Community Schools Presents: A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID KIRP - our first live Video Webinar!

Coalition for Community Schools Invitation |

Join this Webinar on
Friday, June 3rd at 1pm (ET)  | 10 AM  (Pacific)

Join us for a fireside chat with David Kirp. During this interview you will learn about: Kirp’s “5 Big Ideas;” why he thinks community schools are a powerful strategy; the role of higher education in preparing graduates to work within this strategy; and his policy recommendations to support community schools–Don’t miss this opportunity to participate and ask questions! Register NOW!

David Kirp, Professor at the University of California- Berkeley, and author of Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future, argues that all policies and budget decisions should be made against the Golden Rule: "Every child deserves what’s good enough for a child you love."

Through his research, Kirp has proposed policies that enrich preschools, ensure transitions to stronger elementary schools, build strong relationships with community leaders, and provide viable path to careers and college. He recognizes community schools as the vehicle in which this work can be accomplished! He writes, "When done right, the research says, community schools can make a powerful difference in the lives of children".

Register NOW!


  • David Kirp, Professor at the University of California, Berkeley

Space is limited – RSVP by Thursday, June 2nd, at 5 pm ET. Share this announcement with colleagues and networks!

Archived Webinars:

National Call to Action: Making the Case for Community Schools (5/24/2011)

Through this webinar, you will gain insight into the policy landscape as Congress aims to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 and how community schools fit into the picture. Presenters will share key community school talking points for your meetings with policymakers. Learn about the key pieces of legislation that support the community school principles and how community schools can be embedded within ESEA. Finally, you will walk away with strategies on how to share why community schools are important to your students, families, and communities.

To access all of the Coalition's past Webinars click here.


Coalition for Community Schools Team

What is a Community School?

A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone – all day, every day, evenings and weekends.

Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. Partners work to achieve these results:

  • Children are ready to learn when they enter school and every day thereafter. All students learn and achieve to high standards.
  • Young people are well prepared for adult roles in the workplace, as parents and as citizens.
  • Families and neighborhoods are safe, supportive and engaged.
  • Parents and community members are involved with the school and their own life-long learning.

To learn more about the Coalition’s vision of a community school, read the section An Enduring Vision in the Coalition’s report, Making the Difference: Research and Practice in Community Schools. Also, watch as the U.S. Secretary of Education speak of the importance of community schools on Charlie Rose.

For more information on what it means to be a community school, read Community Schools: Partnerships for Excellence (PDF, 426k).

Our funding partners provide us with the opportunity to build the field of community schools - at the local, state, and national levels.  Our work would not be possible without their generous support. We thank them for their commitment to making sure that our nation's students graduate ready for college, careers, and citizenship.

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