Jennifer Masutani's Blog (35)

Coordinator Spotlight - Alma Arango

By Anna Lenihan

At Hawthorne Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Community School Coordinator Alma Arango recognized a specific issue that needed to be addressed. Arango, along with her community school council, identified the challenge that chronic absenteeism was presenting and came up with an initiative to increase…

Continue

Added by Jennifer Masutani on September 16, 2019 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Reyna Guzman

By Anna Lenihan

Before taking on the role of Community School Coordinator, Reyna Guzman worked as an advocate for detained youth who had recently arrived to the country. She fought to ensure that the youth knew their rights and found them legal representation. However, she noticed that the youth she advocated for continued to struggle after being released, due to a lack of resources. This led her to Public Service Community School, a high school in South Los Angeles, where…

Continue

Added by Jennifer Masutani on August 19, 2019 at 9:08am — No Comments

The Journalistic Superpower in Amplifying Voices

By Alisha Torres

Five years ago, Whitsitt Elementary School was categorized under priority status as one of the lowest performing schools in Tennessee. Fast forward to the present day, this school has experienced major growth under Principal Justin Uppinghouse’s leadership and turnaround team and ever since joining the Metro Nashville Public Schools District-led Community Achieves Initiative. Prevailing through all the community’s ups and downs lies Community…

Continue

Added by Jennifer Masutani on June 17, 2019 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Changing the Status Quo with Skateboards and Wellness



By Manasa Chilakala

San Francisco has long been an epicenter of revolutionary movements from being a catalyst for LGBTQ+ rights to the groundbreaking technology of Silicon Valley. In this bustling city is Sunny Zhang, an innovative and progressive educator who has been the Beacon Director at Aptos Beacon Community School in San Francisco since the…

Continue

Added by Jennifer Masutani on May 21, 2019 at 7:49am — No Comments

Dismantling Rural School Stereotypes

By Alisha Torres

Community schools across the nation are well known and growing in urban areas. While some may think that community schools are unsustainable in rural communities, there’s one coordinator who says they’ve got it all wrong. With a total of 930 residents in her community, representing King Elementary School with King Pride from the Gateway to Chippewa Forest in Deer River, Minnesota, and recipient of the Coalition’s 2018…

Continue

Added by Jennifer Masutani on April 20, 2019 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

One Community School Coordinator, 35 Community Partners, and 1,000 people at the 1st ever “Ready 4 School” Event!

By Alisha Torres

Tucked away in the farthest northern corner of New York, bordered by Canada and a nearby Native American Reservation, you will find the village of Massena. Massena is a town of wonders. From fighting to keep Alcoa alive and putting a priority on excellent education, Massena, and its people, has shown what is possible when you leverage a community and its resources.

If you stop in at one of the schools, you may notice the slogan “Our Kids, Our…

Continue

Added by Jennifer Masutani on March 18, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spolight - Spohia Domeville

By: Xue Lin Wang

Sophia Domeville wears many hats. She is a Community School Director, the School Operations Manager, and a Haitian American Abstract Expressionist. Domeville’s career at Belmont Runyon Community School has allowed her to channel her interests to create a platform to…

Continue

Added by Jennifer Masutani on February 13, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Savanity Davis

By Xue Lin Wang

While some community school coordinators prefer smaller sized schools, Savanity Davis does the opposite—she seeks larger sized schools. At P.S. 19 Marino Jeantet, a Community Learning School, Davis has served as the Community School Director for over 2,000 students for the past three years.



Located in Queens, New York, P.S. 19 Marino Jeantet is the nation’s largest public elementary school. P.S. 19 serves grades kindergarten to 5th, with…

Continue

Added by Jennifer Masutani on January 11, 2019 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Coordinator Spotlight - Amani Coker-Warren

By Xue Lin Wang

“I want to establish a system and support with the staff and team where they can be self-efficient,” says Amani Coker-Warren, “to the point where I am out of a job.” Parents do not have a handbook for schools and Coker-Warren believes her role as a Community School Coordinator is to support parents and connect teachers and staff to the community. Coordinators are the connectors and the ones who assess the needs of the staff, students, and families and…

Continue

Added by Jennifer Masutani on December 12, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Coordinator Spotlight - Kendra Berry

By Xue Lin Wang

In the valleys of Knox County, TN, Kendra Berry enters Vine Middle School every day with the motto “Coordinate, not do.” Between building a successful soccer program from scratch to establishing positive relationships with community partners and families, Berry’s motto, which was instilled in by a veteran colleague, has carried…

Continue

Added by Jennifer Masutani on November 16, 2018 at 11:46am — No Comments

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,” Thapa said.

She has surely taken this statement…

Continue

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.…

Continue

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 a Community Partnership School, Evans was labeled a “dropout…

Continue

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, pausing at certain tables to engage parents in conversation.…

Continue

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

Coordinator Spotlight - Samantha Garrett

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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

Coordinator Spotlight - Shanelle England

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

Forest Park…

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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

© 2019   Created by Maame Appiah.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service