October 17 - 19, 2018  ·  The Interchurch Center
Community Schools Fundamentals Conference
Community Schools Fundamentals Conference
October 17 - 19, 2018  ·  The Interchurch Center

Community Schools Fundamentals Conference

Children's Aid National Center for Community Schools presents the Community Schools Fundamentals Conference, a three-day seminar designed specifically for those new or relatively new to community schools. The Fundamentals Conference will share Children's Aid lessons learned from more than 25 years of implementation in New York City and nationwide capacity building. In addition to conducting a study visit to a CA community school, participants will learn about the foundations and the "nuts and bolts" of the strategy.

Join us in New York City this October for this exciting opportunity to deepen your understanding of community schools and network with other school and community leaders from across the country!


What is a Community School?
A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between a school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, services, supports and opportunities leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools serve as the centers of their communities.  Learn more here.

About Children's Aid 
Children’s Aid has been serving children for more than 160 years, a testament to its adaptability to the ever-changing needs of young people. Today, Children’s Aid serves more than 70,000 children and their families at more than 45 sites throughout New York City. All aspects of a child’s development are addressed as he or she grows, from health care to academics to sports and the arts. Because stable children live in stable families, a host of services are available to parents, including housing assistance, domestic violence counseling and health care access.  Visit the CA website.

For over 25 years, Children’s Aid has operated community schools in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Starting with the remarkable success of IS 218 and PS 5 in Washington Heights, the effort has grown to encompass 22 elementary, middle and high schools located in several of New York City’s neediest neighborhoods. These partnerships—which drew upon a rich tradition of community schooling that can be traced back to social reformers such as John Dewey and Jane Addams—became the CA model. It’s a powerful model because it draws on a strong body of current research about the supports, services and opportunities needed by young people as they move toward productive adulthood.

About The National Center for Community Schools
In 1994, Children’s Aid created the National Center for Community Schools in an effort to respond to the increased demand for information and advice about community schools implementation. NCCS facilitates learning opportunities that draw on CA's community schools practice in New York City, as well as on lessons learned from around the country, including other models. NCCS also plays a leading role in local and national advocacy to advance the community schools movement and highlight this approach in the broader education agenda. 

NCCS has facilitated the development of over 15,000 community schools nationally and internationally, including providing assistance to nearly all of this country's major community school initiatives in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Portland, Tulsa, New York City and Flint.

lease visit our website for more information.

Draft Agenda
Wednesday, October 17
12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Comprehensiveness refers to a community school’s responsiveness to a wide spectrum of identified needs by marshalling a broad complement of partnership resources.
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Conference participants are invited to attend this networking session, where they can meet and learn from other conference participants representing school districts and organizations across the country.
Thursday, October 18
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Transition to Study visits areas for departure
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
In addition to touring the schools, participants will have opportunities for discussion with members of the community school team, including Community School Directors and Principals.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Collaborative community schools leverage the structured and meaningful engagement of multiple stakeholders, including educators, parents, students, funders, community residents, service providers, and policymakers.
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Coherence is characterized by an intentional integration and alignment of programs, services, and opportunities to achieve outcomes beyond the reach of any one entity
5:30 PM
Friday, October 19
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria using the vouchers provided when you checked in.
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Beyond merely identifying sources of funding, the Commitment capacity comprises visioning, communications, evaluation and other sustainability planning activities that are employed from the start
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Working in teams, participants will be led through a strategic planning process that incorporates the concepts learned during the conference and includes a self-assessment tool.
1:00 PM
The Interchurch Center - 475 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10027 United States


What's on the Agenda?           

 You can download a draft conference agenda, but key content areas and activities will include:

  • Children's Aid Developmental Triangle
  • Principles of Effective Partnerships
  • Concurrent Workshops on the Four Capacities:
    • Comprehensiveness
    • Collaboration
    • Coherence
    • Commitment
  • Stages of Development in a Community School
  • Needs Assessment and Resource Mapping
  • Elements of Systemic Community Schools Initiatives
  • Implementation Planning
  • Visit to a CA Community School (click on the blue link to download the description of the schools)

Who Should Attend?
The Fundamentals Conference is open to the general public and is designed for teams from schools and communities that want to learn how to organize and sustain meaningful partnerships around student success, strong families and healthier neighborhoods. If you would like to discuss the composition of your team with us, please do not hesitate to contact us--ideally before you register. 

Registration & Fees                  

There are a limited number of slots available for the Community Schools Fundamentals Conference, so we encourage you to register immediately. Please note that participants are responsible for covering their transportation and per diem expenses. Included in the registration fee is breakfast and lunch on all days  as well as transportation for the school visits.

If you are registering a group of 4+, please use the ticket "TEAM 4+, a 5% discount has been included in the cost of that ticket. 

If you are paying by credit card, please be aware that Event leaf charges a 6% processing fee, 3% of which goes to the credit card processor,  and is added to the total cost of your registration. These fees are collected by Eventleaf and NOT Children's Aid. 

Purchase orders must be received by September 21st, unless arrangements have been made for a later date. Payments for registrations not received by September 28 will be cancelled. 

Cancellation Policy: You can cancel your registration until September 28, 2018. Please be aware that cancellation fees will apply.

No refunds after September 28, 2018. NO EXCEPTIONS. 

Hotel Accommodations

As you may know, hotel rates in New York City can be quite high.  We have searched high and low for hotel accommodations with reasonable rates and easy access to the Columbia University area.  As a courtesy, we are pleased to provide a list of hotels that meet these criteria Click here. Because of the scarcity of affordable hotel rooms, we urge you to MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS IMMEDIATELY.  The sooner you reserve a room, the more likely you are to get a good rate.