Partnership Press - July/August 2017

LOCAL NEWS: Summer Fun! The 8 C’s of Engagement

By Drema Brown, Vice President, and Leeza Salen, Education Support Coordinator, School Age Division, The Children’s Aid Society

For the thousands of New York City youth that Children’s Aid hosts at over a dozen summer camps, summer means days filled with activities like swimming, trips to the park, horseback-riding lessons, sports, writing poems, team-building challenges, dancing, group projects focused on finding solutions to real-world engineering challenges, or quietly reading one of their favorite books under a tree. Our summer camps offer opportunities for enrichment, exploration, and engagement through four content areas—literacy, STEM, the arts, and sports and nutrition—all supported by intentional social-emotional skill-building activities. 

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NATIONAL NEWS: Leadership Partners in Community Schools: An Inquiry

By Stacey Campo, Ph.D., Children’s Aid Community School Director, C.S. 61

Per Scholas PC Giveaway - High 012-email.jpgOver the past year and a half, as a doctoral candidate in the Urban Education Program at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, I had an opportunity to examine the role of leadership partners within several New York City community schools. Through interviews with school leaders from 10 schools and analysis of the Department of Education (DOE) school environment surveys, my study identified processes and behaviors that contribute to or hinder the leadership partnership. 

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PROFILES OF ALTERED DESTINIES:
How a Community School Contributed to a Whole Family’s Success

FullSizeRender (006)maritza-email.jpgI believe that God has a perfect plan, and that it was part of that plan to put my family living a block away from Children’s Aid’s first community school. This school helped me help myself, and also gave me the opportunity to help my community.



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In Appreciation...

HersiliaMendezemail.jpgWhen Hersilia Méndez left NCCS and Children’s Aid at the end of June, she contributed a 25-year legacy of leading with purpose and passion. Hersilia was one of Children’s Aid’s first community school employees, serving initially as an art teacher at P.S. 5 in Washington Heights and then joining the staff of the brand-new Children’s Aid community schools technical assistance center upon its founding in 1994.

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VISITORS PROFILES

ChrisCaruso_2017_PS8 v3-email.jpgChristopher Caruso, executive director of the Office of Community Schools at the New York City Department of Education, visited P.S. 8, the Children’s Aid community school where he served as program director from 1998-2000, before being promoted to community schools budget director for the organization. Since that time, Chris has worked at two other New York City agencies (Human Resources Administration and Department of Youth and Community Development)... 

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WHAT'S INFORMING OUR THINKING

Final-FINAL-HCS-EVALUATION-REPORT-2015-2016 email.jpgProgress Through Partnership: Evaluation Report 2015-2016
Authors: Eoin Collins, Muamer Rasic, and Dana Taplin, ActKnowledge, New York, NY, August 2017

This external evaluation report outlines the key findings from the fourth year of a long-term study of a seven-site community schools initiative in Hartford, Connecticut—a citywide effort overseen by the Hartford Partnership for Student Success (HPSS).  

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