Coordinators Newsletter December 2016




Wow, can you believe that fall semester is almost over? Where has the semester gone?  I am sure this time of year is crazy at each of your sites with all the holiday parties and holiday assistance that are occurring for your students, staff, and community at large. I hope though that through the all the chaos and craziness you can see the light at the end of the tunnel as the holidays approach. I urge you to take some time at the end of this month to spend quality time with family and loved ones and recharge your batteries for spring semester.

Happy Holidays Coordinators!!

Liz Thacker – Co-chair for the Coordinator’s Network



Coordinator Kyle Garrett is in Enka Middle School’s 2nd year of implementing the community school strategy. Learn about Enka Middle and how Kyle is rallying the community and families to support their students work in this month’s Coordinator Spotlight.                                    



Nominate your community school for the 2017 Awards for Excellence.

Addressing Trauma in Community Schools

Learn how community schools are supporting students who experience trauma in this webinar recording. Check out other past webinars here.


Between Families and Schools: Creating Meaningful Relationships

Find the answer to “How do we get more parents involved in our schools?” in this report.

College and Career Ready Toolkit

See the NSBA and NASSP’s online toolkit for educators to create more dialogue around college and career ready standards.




A National Call to Action:
Make Our Schools’ Values Known

Let us all come together to declare our support for equity and inclusive values.



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Join the Discussion

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Share your ideas on connecting with families during parent-teacher conferences.

University Partnerships

How are you working with your local universities and bringing them in as partners?

New Blog Series!

Check out our new Community Schools Bright Spot where we’ll share an inspirational community school win. Our first post goes to Robert W. Coleman Elementary in Baltimore who replaced detention with meditation.





Your Co-Chairs,

Liz Thacker
Site Resource Coordinator
Northwest Middle Community School
Knoxville, TN



Damion Morgan
Community Schools Director
Compass Youth Collaborative
Hartford, CT

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