Arlington, Va. - Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, dedicated to keeping kids in school and achieving in life, today praised New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for championing the community schools model as part of his plan to turn around schools in New York City.
Mayor de Blasio, made the announcement that community schools would be at the centerpiece of his “School Renewal Program” during an address this morning.
Community Schools are a national movement committed to the idea that schools become the hub of communities. Communities In Schools is the largest organization of its kind, working in urban, rural and suburban school districts across the country to provide students with the resources they need to stay in school and graduate.
Dan Cardinali, President of Communities In Schools, said New York City is among a growing number of school districts across the country that are seeking out community partners to provide this model to students and their families.
“By tapping into existing community resources, CIS and organizations like it successfully address some of the non-academic barriers students face, freeing up teachers to teach and allowing students to focus on learning,” said Cardinal. “The adoption of this model in New York City is forward-thinking. As the leading national organization proven to effectively decrease dropout rates and increase the rate of graduation, we are thrilled that this model is gaining momentum and that school and district leaders appreciate the full value it can bring to their communities.”
Cardinali said organizations like Children’s Aid Society have been working hard in New York City to expand the community schools model and he said their success was key to the de Blasio administration’s plan to expand the model. Cardinali also said it is an example of the increased demand that Communities In Schools is seeing across the country.
Communities In Schools operates in more than 2,200 schools in the most challenged communities of 26 states and the District of Columbia serving 1.3 million kids every year. Communities In Schools offers a distinct model known nationally as integrated student supports (ISS) which involves placing trained site coordinators inside schools where they can integrate community services to meet the specific needs of students. Studies have shown that among case-managed students, the CIS model has demonstrated 99 percent retention of potential dropouts, propelled 96 percent of eligible seniors to graduation and successfully helped 97 percent of our students continue to the next grade.
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside more than 2,300 schools across the country, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.