Join Whole Child Partner the Coalition for Community Schools for a free webinar highlighting promising practices in youth engagement from the National Beacons Initiative, a community schools model. The webinar will focus on the ways in which youth are engaged as partners with adults to improve themselves and their communities. Intermediaries, direct service staff, and young people from Beacon initiatives in New York City, Minneapolis, and San Francisco will share their stories and strategies.
Students spend the majority of their time outside of school, yet bridging the school-community gap can seem too difficult or beyond the reach and purpose of education. How much involvement do educators really want?Critics say that education policy reflects this uneasiness in its general neglect of meaningful parental engagement. How can schools fill the silence?
Also in the issue are resources and profiles of programs that have taken the leap into community-school partnerships and are reaping returns from these new connections.
Located in an isolated, rural area, Des Moines Municipal School (DMMS) in Des Moines, N. Mex., offers health and wellness resources to the underserved local community. As part of the Rural Revitalization Initiative and ASCD's Healthy School Communities, DMMS provides school-based physical, dental, and mental health care for students, staff, and surrounding communities. Programs like the Fruit Wizard make daily classroom deliveries of fresh fruits and vegetables to compensate for limited access to fresh produce in Des Moines. At DMMS, "The school is the community, and the community is the school."