Some elements of Community Schools:
- Implementing a school needs and assets assessment.
- Creating collaborative decision-making structures with parents, students and educators.
- Transforming school culture with a high-quality curriculum and relevant, embedded professional development.
- Investing in school-based, not for profit wraparound services to support the whole child and family. Examples from around the country range from on-site dental, eye and mental health services to housing assistance and citizenship clinics, among other family supports.
Illustration by Victoria Matthews