Education organizers in dozens of cities nationwide are demanding "community schools" in their neighborhoods, schools that provide wraparound supports for students and their families to build stronger learning environments and stronger communities. A great new toolkit from The Center for Popular Democracy and the Coalition for Education Justice breaks down the essential elements of community schools and how advocates can push for them in their cities.
Using examples from Cincinnati, OH, and Oakland, CA, the toolkit shows the different types of supports that community schools can offer, such as health and dental clinics, parent liaisons, in-school social workers, and school discipline policies based on restorative justice rather than zero-tolerance.
The toolkit also includes a step-by-step plan to help parents, students, educators and community members advocate for community schools, from reaching out to administrators and district officials to hosting community-wide meetings to recruiting partnering organizations. There are links to sample workshop agendas, school board policies, petition language, and city-level resolutions in support of community schools.
Download the full toolkit here!