Our basic guidebooks on building community schools would qualify as best sellers—except that we distribute them free in order to advance work across the field. In addition, we commissioned a landmark study on the social return on investment of community schools. We regularly contribute articles to professional journals and books, host at least one national community schools conference each year, publish a monthly e-newsletter on community school innovations, and use social media to reach diverse audiences:
- Publications: Many colleagues consider our guidebook entitled Building Community Schools: A Guide for Action as their planning “bible” and have sent us photos of their dog-eared, underlined copies. With 20,000 copies in print, this publication has supported implementation efforts across the U.S. and in several other countries as well. This guidebook is one of several publications that have helped advance the community schools agenda nationally and internationally.
- Conferences: NCCS sponsors a national Community Schools Fundamentals conference every other, in an effort to introduce new colleagues to the basics of implementation. in the alternating years, we organize a national Community Schools Practicum, a themed conference for leaders of the community schools field. We also take Fundamentals on the road and, to date, have co-sponsored this conference with colleagues in Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
- Newsletter: Our monthly electronic newsletter, Partnership Press, keeps colleagues across the country apprised about community schools developments—locally, nationally, and internationally.
- Social Media: The NCCS team actively spreads the word about community schools on all forms of social media, including Facebook and Twitter.