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Chicago Tribune: Arne Duncan and Dale Erquiaga Consider Corporate Support of Chicago Public Schools

Dec. 13, 2018 News

We’re not talking about big businesses taking over schools or foisting their preferred educational philosophy on teachers and principals. Not at all. Rather, businesses can invest in the great nonprofit partners that have shown they can work with school districts to boost student success, as well as in research that aims to uncover new strategies for dismantling the barriers students face.

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AbbVie and CIS Making News

Nov. 29, 2018 News

AbbVie's recent announcement of a $55 million total donation to three leading nonprofits, including Communities In Schools, is making national and regional headlines.

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The Washington Post: Kids need more than academics at school to succeed. Doing it right is the trick.

Nov. 28, 2018 News

Many schools have formal and homegrown efforts responding to the impacts of poverty and other adversities on learning. The Universal School Breakfast Program feeds over 14 million students in schools across the country. The Jennings School District in Missouri opened a food pantry, homeless shelter and health clinic for its students. Programs such as Communities In Schools, Community Schools, City Connects, and BARR Center are addressing students’ comprehensive needs by connecting them to community resources.

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Why Principals Need to Make Student Mental Health a Priority

Oct. 18, 2018 News

Immigrant students are suffering more anxiety over the "rhetoric around immigration and ICE raids," said Dale Erquiaga, the president and CEO of Communities In Schools, a national nonprofit that works to connect schools with community services. "The other is race. We hear a lot from our sites about African-American students... [that] race conversations in the country ratchets up their anxiety and anger."

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Bristol Herald Courier: 'We're here to develop the whole child': Social and emotional intelligence are the key for students of color

Oct. 12, 2018 News

The Illinois State Board of Education added SEL skills to its student learning standards in 2003 and organizations like dropout-prevention nonprofit Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) are doing their part to make sure SEL remains at the forefront of education. Student support managers from CIS Chicago work with CPS students who have challenges with attendance, behavior or coursework. They offer group and individual help with things like anger management and grief support.

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Two New Board Members Join CIS Board of Directors  

Sept. 24, 2018 News

Communities In Schools, the national organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future, today welcomed Isaiah Pickens, PhD, and Darilyn Olidge, Esq., to its National Board of Directors. Dr. Pickens is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in consulting, counseling, and educational services for families, teens, and young adults. Olidge is a Partner, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Brightwood Capital Advisors.

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OPINION: South Carolina Students Need Support, Collaboration and Action to Succeed

Sept. 20, 2018 News

Across South Carolina, back-to-school routines are settling into place. Fall sports and activities are in full swing. Friendships are rekindling after a summer apart. Homework and study regimens are back. And for many students living in poverty, being back in school means much more than a familiar routine. In schools equipped with the right resources, these students have returned to a safe haven where their basic needs, like food and clothing, are met. The challenge, of course, is ensuring that all schools are equipped to meet students’ needs outside the classroom. Teachers and school administrators are already overburdened. They can’t do it all.

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2018 PDK Shows Lack of Confidence in School Safety, Desire for Greater Spending on Students Who Need Support

Aug. 29, 2018 News

The annual PDK poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools found that parents lack strong confidence that schools can protect their children against school shootings but favor armed police, mental health screenings, and metal detectors more than arming teachers. When it comes to spending, a 21-point margin (60% to 39%) prefers having public schools spend more on students who need more support rather than spending the same on all students regardless of their need for support. Read more insights into the public’s attitudes towards public schools here.

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Fredrick Bailey Announced as First-Ever Milliken Alumni Fellow

July 23, 2018 Press

Communities In School National Office announces Fredrick Bailey as the first ever recipient of the Bill and Jean Milliken Fellowship. This annual fellowship seeks to advance CIS' collective work and give voice to the next generation of CIS leaders and thinkers, while honoring Bill and Jean Milliken’s unique contributions to this organization.This year’s fellowship is focused on how to prepare all students for college, career and civic engagement, a topic derived from the inaugural Milliken Dialogues.

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