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10 Communities Across the Country Awarded Up To $1.5 Million in Funding to Expand Student-Centered Learning Initiatives

May 23, 2018 Press

The Together for Students initiative, created by three national, education-focused nonprofit organizations — the Coalition for Community Schools, Communities In Schools, and StriveTogether — today recognized 10 communities for plans bringing key community members together to support the needs of local students. Each of the 10 selected communities will receive approximately $150,000 to support the activities and goals set forth in their collaborative plans.

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New Gallup Poll Reveals Only 1 in 4 U.S. Adults Believe Students Are Prepared for College and Career

April 25, 2018 Press

A new survey by Gallup released today reveals that only 1 in 4 U.S. adults (25 percent) believe most high school students are prepared for success in college. Roughly the same percentage of respondents (22 percent) believe high school graduates are prepared for success in the workplace. The poll, conducted on behalf of Communities In Schools, was released today at the organization’s inaugural Milliken Dialogues and Policy Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The focus of the summit is Supporting All Students for College, Career, and Civic Engagement.

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Commentary: At SXSW EDU, we’re focused on helping every child succeed

March 7, 2018 News

This week at SXSW EDU, education leaders from across the country will hear about an innovative approach rooted in a sense of collective responsibility toward all children. Out is the model of simply focusing on schools; in is a more holistic approach like ours that puts students at the center of a range of efforts that extend well beyond the classroom.

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OPINION: Many students who need mentors still don’t have them

March 5, 2018 News

If it weren’t for Amanda Gallardo, Steffan Barahona’s road to becoming the first in his family to attend college in the United States might have been much bumpier. As it was, during his senior year of high school in Arlington, Virginia, Barahona felt completely overwhelmed by the application process. Gallardo — a Communities in Schools site coordinator and a first-generation college student herself — had faced similar challenges. She’d been there. “I didn’t have anybody guide me through that process of getting through high school and going to college,” she says. “I wanted to be that for somebody.” Gallardo took on a role that every young person needs in their lives: a caring mentor. She offered both practical and moral support, and as his senior year progressed, Barahona started coming into Gallardo’s office for more than academic advice. They would talk when his home life was stressful, his classwork was too much, or he had challenges with friends at school.

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Charlotte: Integrated student support makes a difference

Jan. 23, 2018 News

North Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District faces many of the same challenges as another urban districts. More than half if its students are considered economically disadvantaged, many of its neighborhoods have experienced a dramatic rise in concentrated poverty, and the region has seen a large influx of immigrant children.

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Solving chronic absenteeism in schools is an integrated effort

Jan. 3, 2018 News

Absenteeism isn’t just a Tennessee problem. It’s a national crisis affecting one in seven students. Tennessee must demonstrate its leadership on this issue. By helping children and their families deal with the out-of-school obstacles that keep students away, teachers are free to make the most of every minute in the classroom.

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Making the Grade: Progress Report and Next Steps for Integrated Student Supports

Dec. 7, 2017 News

In recent years, the education field has come to recognize the role of schools in supporting student health, safety, and well‐being by developing integrated student support initiatives.  These offer specific services and supports to students and their families to build a foundation for academic success. These initiatives, referred to as community schools and wraparound supports as well as integrated student supports models, help schools connect struggling children with secure housing, medical care, food assistance, tutoring, and other critical supports. While they are understood to be vital components of community efforts on behalf of children and families, they also further our nation’s collective efforts to close education opportunity gaps, raise graduation rates, and better compete on the international stage.  

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