PreK-12 Public Education Community Schools

Successful and Sustainable Community Schools

This brief aims to offer a lens through which local and state unions can define their roles in advancing the community schools strategy in their school districts and states, as well as the crucial role members can play in advocacy, planning and implementation. (2017)

What is a Community School?

Too many students come to school with needs that impede their ability to thrive academically. If we really want to close the achievement gap, we must supplement their regular coursework by addressing factors that are beyond the control of teachers and schools, but still have a direct effect on student outcomes. Important factors such as healthcare, social services and parental involvement are too often divorced from school life, although they are critical to student success. Community schools can be the vehicle for addressing these needs. Learn more about this strategy and how you can play a role in helping advance this work in your community. (2016)