Community Schools in Action

Community Schools in Action : Lessons from a Decade of Practice

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A community school differs from other public schools in important ways: it is generally open most of the time, governed by a partnership between the school system and a community agency, and offers a broad array of health and social services. It often has an extended day before and after school, features parent involvement programs, and works for community enrichment. How should such a school be structured? How can its success be measured? Community Schools in Action: Lessons from a Decade of Practice presents the Children's Aid Society's (CAS) approach to creating community schools for the 21st century. CAS began this work more than a decade ago and today operates thirteen such schools in three low-income areas of New York City. Through a technical assistance center operated by CAS, hundreds of other schools across the country and the world are adapting this model. Based on their own experiences working with community schools, the contributors to the volume supply invaluable information about the selected program components. They describe how and why CAS started its community school initiative and explain how CAS community schools are organized, integrated with the school system, sustained, and evaluated. The book also includes several contributions from experts outside of CAS: a city superintendent, an architect, and the director of the Coalition for Community Schools. Co-editors Joy Dryfoos, an authority on community schools, and Jane Quinn, CAS's Assistant Executive Director of Community Schools, have teamed up with freelance writer Carol Barkin to provide commentary linking the various components together. For those interested in transforming their schools into effective child- and family-centered institutions, this book provides a detailed road map. For those concerned with educational and social policy, the book offers a unique example of research-based action that has significant implications for our society.show more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 157.5 x 233.7 x 20.3mm | 498.96g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 24 black & white photographs and 17 line illustrations
  • 019516959X
  • 9780195169591

About Joy G. Dryfoos

Joy Dryfoos is one of the founders of the Coalition for Community Schools and the Boston Roundtable for Full-Service Schools. In recent years, she has focused on "full-service community schools", her approach to transforming publich schools to be responsive to the real needs of children and their families.show more

Table of contents

PREFACE - JOY G. DRYFOOS ; List of Children's Aid Society Community Schools ; Timeline of the Children's Aid Society Community Schools Initiative ; SECTION ONE: OVERVIEW: RATIONALE, HISTORY, AND APPROACH ; Introduction - Joy G. Dryfoos ; 1. Why the Children's Aid Society Is Involved in This Work ; 2. History of the Children's Aid Society Model ; 3. Community Schools from a Lead Agency Administrator's Perspective ; SECTION TWO: CORE PROGRAM COMPONENTS ; INTRODUCTION - JOY G. DRYFOOS ; 4. Parent Involvement and Leadership in Action ; 5. After-School and Summer Enrichment Programs ; 6. Early Childhood Programs ; 7. School-Based Health Services ; 8. Mental Health Services ; 9. Promoting Community and Economic Development ; SECTION THREE: LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, AND GOVERNANCE ISSUES ; INTRODUCTION - JOY G. DRYFOOS ; 10. The Power of Two or More: Partnership from a School Administrator's Perspective ; 11. Managing the Growth of Community Schools ; 12. Sustaining Community Schools: Learning from Children's Aid Society's Experience ; 13. Evaluation of Children's Aid Society Community Schools ; SECTION FOUR: NATIONAL IMPLICATIONS ; INTRODUCTION - JOY G. DRYFOOS ; 14. National and International Adaptations of the Children's Aid Society Model ; 15. Extended Service Schools as a District-Wide Strategy ; 16. Schools as Centers of Community: Planning and Design ; 17. Reaching Out to Create a Movement ; Looking to the Future ; APPENDIX 1: STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR THE CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY/COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 6 COMMUNITY SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP PLAN (CHAPTER 1) ; APPENDIX 2: SAMPLE RESPONSES TO HOME-SCHOOL ACTIVITY (CHAPTER 6) ; APPENDIX 3: FORMS USED IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AT CAS COMUNITY SCHOOLS (CHAPTER 8) ; APPENDIX 4: STUDENT DATA FORM FOR EVALUATION OF CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (CHAPTER 13) ; APPENDIX 5: STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT OF A CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY COMMUNITY SCHOOL (CHAPTER 14)show more

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