Started this discussion. Last reply by Quisha Brown Feb 9, 2017. 3 Replies 2 Likes
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
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Hello Network!10 years ago, as a teacher, I was fortunate to be part of an Action-Research Grant that engaged teachers in exploring their work with immigrant parents. It had a profound impact on me…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennie Carey Mar 27, 2014. 4 Replies 0 Likes
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
Started this discussion. Last reply by 0xf1bdgdrc9dg Nov 5, 2013. 8 Replies 1 Like
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
Posted on August 26, 2015 at 8:13pm 1 Comment 2 Likes
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
Posted on November 12, 2014 at 11:11am 0 Comments 2 Likes
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
Posted on August 18, 2014 at 10:43am 3 Comments 2 Likes
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
Posted on June 12, 2014 at 9:04pm 2 Comments 0 Likes
“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
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