Hi Community Schools Coordinators Network!It's been a week of news (built up from so many years of injustice) that has left me without words. How is everyone doing? How are you talking about it?How…Continue
Dear Coordinators Network - My principal would like the community partners to do an evaluation of him, and I've been charged with creating that evaluation.Do you know any other districts or community…Continue
Hello Coordinators! Some of my colleagues and I are interested in presenting workshops on community schools strategies and related topics at general education conferences; we'd like to foster a more…Continue
Our community school’s “stamp” system is genius. Red stamps, green stamps, a left stamp vs. a right stamp, a signature on the top, a signature on the bottom, parent signatures, teacher signatures. It all means something. It’s a fantastic parent-school communication tool. It covers everything from attendance to homework completion to GPA to how long a student has to stay after school and more. A six page document condenses into a tiny font front/back explanation that students go over with…Continue
It didn’t make sense to me until 2008. There was a shooting at a church in Kentucky. In a sermon months later, my minister challenged us to consider empathy in such a cruel moment, when someone was such a monster in a community.
Empathize with a shooter?
How about empathize with that feeling of not belonging, of not understanding, of not feeling safe, of feeling ostracized? While I couldn’t condone shooting because of any of these feelings, I could feel sadness for the person,…Continue
I spent hours on the phone with my coordinator colleague Lua last year. I spent hours listening to her tears, seen or unseen, listening to her fatigue, the only thing keeping her in the job being the love of her students and the cause of community schools itself.
In her words, “coordinators are dedicated to a job without much upward mobility or structured forms of recognition/advancement.” And for us, it’s true. Lua has been a coordinator for four years, I have for five. We both have…Continue
“I mean, let’s be real here. Do I really care about what you do? I see you, I know what field you work in—college access, youth development, environmental justice, mental health—but do I really care about you? Do we really care about each other? Do we even know each other?”
The honesty killed me, and I…Continue