Partnership Press - September/October

LOCAL NEWS: NCCS Introduces New Resources for Community School Directors

At our recent Community Schools Fundamentals Conference, from October 18-20, NCCS introduced two new resources for community school directors—a video entitled “A Day in the Life of a Community School Director” and a guide entitled “Leading with Purpose and Passion.” 

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NATIONAL NEWS: Not Driven by High-Stakes Tests: Exploring Science Assessment
and College Readiness of Students from an Urban Portfolio Community High School

By Robin E. Fleshman, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Children’s Aid School Age Division

Alarmingly, 77% of African-American and Latino students have not met the mathematics benchmark, and over 85% have not met the science benchmark (ACT, 2012). Of the African-American and Latino students who graduate from high school and enter college, less than half earn a bachelor’s degree six years later (Nguyen, Bibo, & Engle, 2012). 

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VISITORS PROFILES

Eleven Children’s Aid Community Schools hosted 186 visitors on the morning of October 19 as part of our 2017 Community Schools Fundamentals Conference. At the suggestion of both schools and visitors, this year’s study visits occurred in the morning (rather than mid-to-late afternoon), which allowed the visitors...

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WHAT'S INFORMING OUR THINKING

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The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children’s Education
Keith Robinson and Angela L. Harris, Boston, MA, Harvard University Press, 2014

While family engagement advocates posit that the more involved parents and families are with a child’s education the better that child will perform in school, there have been very few studies that link family engagement practices to increased academic outcomes. 

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