Check out recent coauthored op-ed written by Rey Saldaña and Shaquille O’Neal on how low-income students are experiencing learning loss and chronic absenteeism at higher rates – but how proper funding and proven whole-child supports models can set students up for success.Read more
We believe ALL students, regardless of race, gender, zip code, or socioeconomic background should have what they need to realize their potential in school and beyond.
2021 Community Matters Report
This year's report presents a summary of an extraordinary year of challenges for Communities In Schools® (CIS™) and for public education in America. It emphasizes the need to ensure successful reengagement of all students and build a more equitable system of learning that will exist well beyond the initial return from the pandemic.
Our goal is simple. Put students at the center. Surround them with a caring community of support. And create access to critical resources, like food, housing, healthcare, counseling and remote technologies so they can take charge of the future they want for themselves, their communities, and each other.
* outcomes for case-managed students
The US public education system is not built to meet the needs of all students. Unfortunately, this is not a new, or even particularly controversial, conclusion. For some time now, the evidence has been clear enough and visible enough for any reasonable person to see the reality; K-12 public education has systemic flaws with tragic consequences for the lives of Black, Brown, Indigenous students, and for students living in poverty. In fact, more than 40 years ago, it’s why Communities In Schools was founded.Read more
Right now more than 250,000 students in Texas are missing from school. In Florida, the number is close to 90,000. The total across the country is estimated at three million. These students have not attended school since the beginning of the pandemic, not participating in any remote learning. This is a moment of choice for K-12 public education in America — to do more than reopen the old system. We have the opportunity to make new and better choices to build a more equitable system of public education that works for all students.Read more
This new refreshed plan carries forward key elements of the original strategic plan and introduces six new strategies and related initiatives that ensure we can …DOWNLOAD NOW
The CIS model of integrated student supports can help schools address the local factors contributing to disengagement and inequitable learning.DOWNLOAD NOW
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