There are 5 community school initiatives in Maryland: Baltimore City Community Schools, the Linkages to Learning collaborative in Montgomery County, TNI@School in Prince George's County, Y in Central Maryland in Baltimore County, and Bester Community of Hope in Washington County.
State Community School Initiatives
Baltimore City Community Schools
There are more than 50 community schools in Baltimore city that are supported through the Family League of Baltimore and other lead agencies. Visit City Schools' website for a full list of schools. City Schools enactted board policy and regulations 2016.
Baltimore City Community Schools in the News
Social Work's Promise Heights Receives $30M Grant, UMB News 2018
"Money from the implementation grant will be used to bring additional supports to the five public schools in Upton/Druid Heights, such as early childhood mental health consultation, social-emotional support, academic support and enrichment, and college and career coaching to ensure pathways out of poverty for youth and their families, Mayden said. Targeted schools in the neighborhood include: Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School; Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy; Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary; Booker T. Washington Middle School for the Arts; and Renaissance Academy High School."
Community Schools formally added to Baltimore schools portfolio, Baltimore Sun 2016
"Larry Simmons, a community schools coordinator, told the school board Tuesday that what community schools bring to the table — GED classes for parents in the same building that their children are learning in, food pantries in schools located in food deserts — has and will continue to strengthen the city."
“We are drawing on every asset in our community in a coordinated way, inside and outside of school, to help students be successful,” said Family League of Baltimore President and CEO Jonathon Rondeau. “Family League couldn’t be happier to have Baltimore recognized for leading the way, and we are doing all we can to bring more Baltimore City schools into the network.”
Linkages to Learning
Recently celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Linkages is a comprehensive shcool-based prevention and intervention intitiative with MCPS, the Montgomery County DHHS, and other local community-based organizations. Linkages serves over 3,700 students across 29 schools. Visit their website for a full list of schools.
Linkages to Learning in the News
"Watching what the staff has done with this program - the needs have gotten greater than we had anticipated and they have just stepped up to help so many families“ said Michael l. Subin, 2018 Linkages To Learning scholarship award."
"Linkages to Learning is a school-based collaboration among the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Montgomery County Public Schools and non-profit, community based service providers. The program provides accessible services to at-risk children and their families to improve adjustment to and performance in school, home, and community. Prevention and early intervention services include health, mental health, social services and educational support."
TNI@School: Prince George's Community Schools Network is one part of the highly-succesfull Transforming Neighborhoods INitiative (TNI), County Executive Rushern Baker's vision to achieve a thriving economy, great schools, safe neighborhoods, and high quality healthcare by targeting cross-governmental resources to neighborhoods that have significant needs. TNI@School operates in 40 schools. To view a full list of schools, visit their website.
TNI@School in the News
"At the center of the success of the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) are the relationships developed between the government, community-based organizations and community members. We understand that in order to successfully address the needs of our communities requires a partnership between the government and community-based organizations," said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. "These organizations will receive various supports needed to allow them to continue and expand the services and programs they provide to strengthen our communities."
Y in Central Maryland
Working with the principal, families and other community stakeholders, the Y operates in several Community Schools throughout Baltimore City and one school in Baltimore County, where an on-site Y Community Schools Director and/or Coordinator facilitates fundamental supports for students such as access to food, proper clothing and school supplies which enable students to do what they came to school for in the first place - to learn. To learn more about the Y in Central Maryland, visit their website.
Y in Central Maryland in the News
Y in Central Maryland students experience a ‘Day at Amazon’, The Daily Record 2018
The students from Moravia Elementary, Holabird and Walter P. Carter Middle and Forest Park High schools, which are all Y Community Schools, toured the facility followed by science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities as well as surprise STEM donations to each tour group. The students who attended the “Day at Amazon” have an interest in robotics and participate in the Y’s after-school enrichment programming, which includes Y STEM, Robotics Club or Next Generation Scholars.
Bester Community of Hope
An initiative of San Mar, Bester Community of Hope is focused on prevention by implementing a place-based strategy for positive outcomes for children and families located in the Bester Elementary School neighborhood in Hagerstown, Maryland. To learn more about their community development programs, visit their website.
Bester Community of Hope in the News
Bester Community of Hope Wins National Award in Seattle, Bester Hope 2019
Members of the Bester Community of Hope team were recognized in Seattle, Washington on January 15th as winners of the Jim Casey Building Communities of Hope award.
Babypalooza 2018! Shatters Attendance Expectations, Bester Hope 2018
“I think it’s an awesome experience for the community,” explained Amy Palfrey, CPNP of the Children’s Doctor. Her co-worker Miranda Turnblacer, CPNP agreed, explaining, “We want to show families that there is good pediatric care here and available in their community.” The school was packed with families taking advantage of all the opportunities, including local parent Leticia Diaz. “I’m here for support and resources. Maryland Excels was here so I’m thinking about daycare options for my kids which will help me work and support my family without stressing because I’ll know they’ll be taken care of.”
Other Community School Models
Awarded by the Coalition for Community Schools in 2006 with the Community Schools National Award for Excellence, CSI has launched more than 200 schools, in partnership with nearly 50 lead non-profit organizations, that serve as hubs of their communities to meet students' and families' academic and non-academic needs to develop educated citizens and strengthen local neighborhoods.
With the Mayor's bold pledge to create more than 100 new fully-developed Community Schools over the next several years, NYC is now at the forefront of a national movement focused on a holistic and comprehensive approach to education in urban centers. This approach prioritizes student wellness, readiness to learn, personalized instruction, community partnerships and family engagement as key strategies to leverage better academic outcomes among high-need students.
The Community Schools Incentive Initiative was created by the Community Schools Incentive Act of 2012 (Raising the Expectations for Education Outcomes Omnibus Act of 2012) and provided funding, administered by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, to initially six grantees to create Community Schools. The OSSE currently administers funding to eight grantees. There are almost 30 community schools being funded through this initiative.
Opportunity Neighborhoods is a community-wide effort where residents, schools, Fairfax County government, the faith community, and community organizations work together to bring positive change to a community. The goal is to improve equitable outcomes for students and families and to begin to make changes to systems that perpetuate inequities.
WV Schools, working towards community schools, through the support of Policy 2425 Community Schools Promoting Health, Safety, Well-Being and Academic Success of Students.
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