Jennifer Masutani's Blog (25)

Coordinator Spotlight - Rachel Thapa

By Gwen Klein

Rachel Thapa’s favorite thing about being a coordinator is that it’s not just hopeful, but that it’s also realistic. “It’s not just pretending that things aren’t there, but its dismantling them in a way that allows students to feel hopeful and supported every day,”…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on October 2, 2018 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Gwendolyn Unoko

By Gwen Klein 



When 40 year old Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary School transitioned to a community school seven years ago, Gwendolyn Unoko took on the role of a coordinator, and aided the school in its successful transformation into a community school over the next six years.…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on September 4, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Curtesa Vanderpool

1. Tell us about your community school. How has the community school strategy impacted your students, families, and community?

Evans Community Partnership School is in the heart of Pine Hills, FL where we have the opportunity to educate close to 2500 students. Prior to becoming…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on August 17, 2018 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Bruce Waller

By Gwen Klein

Every Tuesday night, the smell of warm cooked dinner lures a mass of students, with their parents and siblings in tow, into the inviting cafeteria of Asheville Middle School. Teachers, administrators, and other staff greet families and roam the buzzing room,…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on July 23, 2018 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Samantha Garrett

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on June 18, 2018 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Hallie Atwater

1. Tell us about your community school. How has the community school strategy impacted your students, families, and community?

The Renaissance Academy High School community has been through many ups and downs but through it all, our central vision of student empowerment and social justice leadership has remained ever strong. Principal Rowe and the staff at Renaissance believe in the transformative nature of deep and lasting relationships…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on April 14, 2018 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Coordinator Spotlight - Arturo Magana

1. Congratulations! You will be our new Coordinators Network Co-Chair! What is your vision for the Coordinators Network?

I envision a great accessible network of coordinators that can connect from various cities, counties, and states to share best practices, collaborate, and share success stories for professional/personal inspiration. Additionally, I'd like to have a monthly or quarterly "Self-Care" seminar where best practices can be shared for…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on March 13, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Shanelle England

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on February 19, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Erin Bushong

1. Tell us about your community school. How has the community school strategy impacted your students, families, and community?

Our school adopted the Community School Initiative this past year and we have been implementing the strategies full force. We have seen such an incredible response not only from our staff, students, and families, but our entire community. We have started an early enrichment program that serves birth-3 years old…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on January 12, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Jordan Frye

Tell us about your community school. 

Norwood is a school of about 500 students. We have over 10 languages spoken at our school, and nearly 20 countries represented. Needless to say, we have a very diverse population. The neighborhood is in somewhat of a transition period as we have many older adults without children living around the school; however, there are lots of new families moving into those homes. This is in addition to the…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on December 13, 2017 at 9:13am — No Comments

Growing Our Immigrant Outreach

By Kaylene Kalkbrenner

This year has taken its toll on the immigrant psyche. Students in particular, who are tackling tests, taking in new information, forming friendships, and preparing for their futures are also shuddering under the added stress inflicted by the threat of deportation and disillusionment. And now the recent call to end the Deferred Action for…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on December 1, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight- Marinieves Alba

Tell us about your community school. How has the community school strategy impacted your students, families, and community? 

Our campus serves as both a community hub and a gateway to resources for children and families. The community school strategy is the vehicle…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on November 17, 2017 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Coordinator's Appreciation Week Spotlight

We are so thankful for our Community School Coordinators and would like to spotlight all of their amazing successes. Here are just some of the numerous expressions of thanks for Community School Coordinators from our Community Schools Leadership Network and the Coalition Staff.…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on September 18, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Coordinator Spotlight - Reflections from the Family and Community Engagement Conference

Last month, the Institute for Educational Leadership hosted the 2017 National Family & Community Engagement Conference in San Francisco, CA. Over 1,600 family and community members, practitioners, district leaders, and community school leaders participated! See highlights and…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on July 13, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Tanzye Hill

Congratulations! We’re excited that your school has been chosen for a 2017 Community School Award for Excellence. Tell us about your community school.

Pearl-Cohn is honored to be recognized by the Coalition for the 2017 Community School Award of Excellence. We proudly share this award…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on June 15, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Lauren Markham

1. Congratulations! We’re excited that your school has been chosen for a 2017 Community School Awards for Excellence. Tell us about your community school and how the community school strategy has impacted your students,…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on May 12, 2017 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Liz Capparelli Thacker

1. Tell us about your community school. How has the community school strategy impacted your students, families, and community?

Northwest is on year two of being a community school. Through our community school initiative, we have been able to keep our doors…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on April 17, 2017 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Coordinator Spotlight - Cristina Patricio

1. Tell us about your community school. How has the community school strategy impacted your students, families, and community?

Our school is the first new high school to be built in East Los Angeles in the last 85 years. When our teachers submitted their educational proposal…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on March 18, 2017 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Larry Simmons

1. Tell us about your community school. How has the community school strategy impacted your students, families, and community?…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on February 21, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

#BrightSpot - Changing Lives

Last summer, the story of a young man in Baltimore, Khalil Bridges, has been shared via the Washington Post, and other news outlets. Khalil Bridges attended a community school in Baltimore, where he found help and support that would uplift him as he moved forward into young adulthood. His story is one of…

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Added by Jennifer Masutani on January 24, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

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