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Community Schools Fundamentals Conference
Children's Aid National Center for Community Schools presents the , 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!
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 theCA 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.
You can download a draft conference agenda, but key content areas and activities will include:
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.
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