|Making the Difference: Research and Practice in Community Schools
|Martin J. Blank, Atelia Melaville, and Bela P. Shah|
|The report examines 20 different community school initiatives across the United States with evidence that they have impacted education in four important areas: student learning, family engagement with students and schools, school effectiveness, and community vitality. Chapter 1 discusses the advantages that community schools have over traditional schools. Chapter 2 establishes five essential conditions for learning that are possible because of community schools' unique advantages. Chapter 3 provides an overview of 20 current evaluations of community school initiatives and the positive impact they have on students, schools, families, and communities. Chapter 4 helps interested parties move from research to practice. Finally, chapter 5 offers an action agenda for stakeholders who want to promote community schools in their area.
|Coalition for Community Schools|
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