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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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In School and Out, Relationships Matter

July 23, 2018 News

In our personal lives, we sometimes describe friends being in a "bad relationship." The emerging developmental relationship science is not about "bad" or "good" but rather about elements being present or absent. But the thinking for us non-scientists (and, ahem, single people) is sort of the same. Non-existent relationships or relationships with missing elements leave a gap in our lives. And, just as research on the achievement gap focused the nation's attention on disparities between subgroups of students, the relationship gap can and should focus us on equity.

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Fredrick Bailey Announced as First-Ever Milliken Alumni Fellow

July 19, 2018 News

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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Reville: 9 Places Where Communities & Families Are Working Together in a New Social Compact for Student Success

July 6, 2018 News

For too long, our answer to the problems of poverty, inequality, diminishing social mobility, and unfair access to learning opportunities has been “the schools will fix it.” However, U.S. public schools, even after a quarter-century of well-intentioned, vigorous, and expensive school reform, have been unable to fix these problems or close the achievement gaps that are symptoms of them.

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Nonprofit Uses of Data: Communities in Schools Plays It Right

June 7, 2018 News

A recently announced four-year, $17 million grant from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) to the national nonprofit Communities in Schools (CIS) to help fund its new strategic business plan clearly demonstrates the returns of heavily investing in data collection, promoting a culture of learning, and balancing the inherent tension between a national brand and local flexibility.

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New Linkages: A Closer Look at a K-12 Collaboration Between Two Top Funders

June 7, 2018 News

The Together for Students initiative recently announced the 10 communities that will receive about $150,000 each to work on supporting local students and families. The initiative—which Inside Philanthropy first reported when it was called the “Students at the Center Challenge”—is a $1.5 million collaboration between the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Ford Foundation.

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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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