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Community Schools, Community Learning Center, Community Education Connection: Concepts to Practices for Your Programs Presented by: Dan Kuzlik, Katy Kramer & Julie Kosher
What is a Community School?
Community School …. Individual community schools may offer different program elements or teaching styles, but the basic philosophy of the community school model is simple: Educational excellence, combined with needed human services, delivered through school, parent and community partnerships. Building a Community School
Community Schools In a community school, youth, families and community residents work as equal partners with schools and other community institutions to develop programs and services in five areas: Quality education *Youth developmentQuality education *Youth development * Family support * Family support * Family and community engagement * Community Development
Key Ingredients of a Community School Education FirstEducation First CollaborationCollaboration Partners not tenantsPartners not tenants A long term commitmentA long term commitment Integrated ServicesIntegrated Services High Level of Parent and Community Involvement Extended School Day A Focus on Community Strengths Starting Fresh….not a band-aid for a program thats broken and needs fixing…Starting Fresh….not a band-aid for a program thats broken and needs fixing…
Community School The array of specific services that individual community schools offer varies extensively by site. An analysis by the Coalition shows activity in the following areas. Too many schools have services in these various areas but no plan for how to integrate those services to achieve specific results. A coherent plan is essential for a successful community school.
Comparing The Differences Traditional School 5 Days per week 6-8 hours per day 180 days per year 50 minute classes Very limited after school programs if any at all. Community Schools 7 Days per week hours per day 220+ days per year Extended blocks of time Extensive after school program Time
Comparing The Differences Traditional School Education takes place inside the four walls of the classroom. Limited community access to facilities. Community School Education takes place throughout the community. Facilities are used for a wide range of community activities. Space
Comparing The Differences Traditional School Involvement limited to parent participation in activities such as open houses and parent conferences. Community School A comprehensive process of family and community involvement in a wide range of programs and activities. Partners in Education Family and Community Involvement
Developing Community No child can escape his community. He may not like his parents, or the neighbors, or the ways of the world...The life of the community flows about him, foul or pure; he swims in it, drinks it, goes to sleep in it, and wakes to the new day to find it still about him. He belongs to it; it nourishes him, or starves him, or poisons him; it gives him the substance of his life. And in the long run, it takes its toll of him and all he is. Joseph K. Hart, 1913
Community Education is the vehicle to create a Community School!
Community Education advocates and supports the creation of innovative programs and collaboration between all members of communities for the purposes of advancing community learning and sustainability.
Community Education DPI RecognizedDPI Recognized Supported by State Association-- Wisconsin Community Education AssociationSupported by State Association-- Wisconsin Community Education Association Model used by ~70 districts around the state.Model used by ~70 districts around the state. Supported by National Community Education AssociationSupported by National Community Education Association
Lifelong Learning Community Involvement *** Efficient Use of Resources *** Self- Determination*** Self-Help Principles of Community Education Leadership Development*** Leadership Development*** Institutional Responsiveness Institutional Responsiveness Integrated Delivery of Services *** Integrated Delivery of Services *** Decentralization Decentralization Wisconsin Model of Community Education
Life-long Learning Implementing the principle that learning continues throughout life. Providing formal and informal learning opportunities. Offering programs and services for all community members, often in an intergenerational setting.
Community Involvement Promoting a sense of civic responsibility. Providing leadership opportunities for community members. Including diverse populations in all aspects of community life. Encouraging democratic procedures in local decision making.
Using the community's physical, financial, and human resources to address the community's needs. Reducing duplication of services by promoting collaborative effort. Efficient Use of Resources
Self-Help People are best served when their capacity to help themselves is acknowledged and developed. When people assume responsibility for their own well-being, they build independence and become part of the solution. Self-Determination Local people have a right and a responsibility to be involved in determining community needs and identifying community resources that can be used to address those needs.
Institutional Responsiveness Public institutions exist to serve the public and are obligated to develop programs and services that address continuously changing public needs and interests. The training of local leaders in such skills as problem solving, decision making, and group process is an essential component of successful self-help and improvement efforts. Leadership Development
Organizations and agencies that operate for the public good can meet their own goals and better serve the public by collaborating with organizations and agencies with similar goals. Services, programs, and other community involvement opportunities that are closest to people's homes have the greatest potential for high levels of public participation. Whenever possible, these activities should be available in locations with easy public access. Integrated Delivery of Services Decentralization
Research Shows In Community Schools... Schools have greater community support. Parents and other community members trust schools, school boards and superintendents. Communities support referenda. Community members are more informed about their schools.
The Research Study: Measurable Impacts of Community Education on K-12 By Bill Morris, Decision Resources, Ltd.
Community Education program users rate the quality of education provided by their school district higher than non-users.
Community Education program users have more favorable impressions of both the Superintendent / Administration and School Board than non-users. In the case of the School Districts Superintendent and Administration, Community Education program users post an average increase of 9% in the favorable rating. For School Boards, the average increase is 8%.
Community Education program users are more positive than non-users about their School Districts financial management. The fiscal credibility of a School District receives a boost of 15% among Community Education program users when compared with program non-users.
Community Education program users are stronger supporters of referendum proposals. Community Education program users are 14% more supportive of referendum proposals than non-users. These gains are also realized among all age groups and household types. More striking, though, Community Education program users are three times more likely to be strongly supportive of referendum efforts. In fact, among seniors over the age of 65, a solid majority of program users support referenda; among non-users, seniors oppose referenda by a two-to-one majority. Community Education program users are stronger supporters of referendum proposals.
Community Education program users are better informed about their School District than non-users. By an almost 20% margin, Community Education program participants feel well informed about their School District.
How could Community Education be funded?
Statutory Authority: (19) Community Programs and Services - "A school board may establish and maintain community education, training, recreational, cultural or athletic programs and services, outside the regular curricular and extracurricular programs for pupils, under such terms and conditions as the school board prescribes. The school board may establish and collect fees to cover all or part of the costs of such programs and services. Costs associated with such programs and services shall not be included in the school district's shared cost under (6)." Fund 80 Statutory Authority
This fund is used to account for activities such as adult education, community recreation programs such as evening swimming pool operation and softball leagues, elderly food service programs, non-special education preschool, day care services, and other programs which are not elementary and secondary educational programs but have the primary function of serving the community. Expenditures for these activities, including cost allocations for salaries, benefits, travel, purchased services, etc., are to be included in this Fund to the extent feasible. The district may adopt a separate tax levy for this Fund. Potential Uses for Fund 80
The definition of Community Education is uniquely dependent upon where the program and/or process is based.
WHAT COLUMBUS COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER OFFERS: Youth Services--tutoring, after school services-homework help, lab and IMC open.Youth Services--tutoring, after school services-homework help, lab and IMC open. Youth Outreach and Enrichment--Early Release day activities, Art and Chess Club, Arts Night, Tae Kwon DoYouth Outreach and Enrichment--Early Release day activities, Art and Chess Club, Arts Night, Tae Kwon Do
WHAT WE OFFER cont.d Adult/Community Learning Opportunities- - Adult Enrichment classes-art, computers, knitting, yoga, Spanish, I-Safe, CPIAdult/Community Learning Opportunities- - Adult Enrichment classes-art, computers, knitting, yoga, Spanish, I-Safe, CPI Family Activities and Outreach--Early Learning Celebration, Parenting Education, C-Fin webpage and lending library, PlaygroupFamily Activities and Outreach--Early Learning Celebration, Parenting Education, C-Fin webpage and lending library, Playgroup
Cornell/Lake Holcombe 21 st Century CLC
Many schools are like islands, set apart from the mainland of life by a deep moat of convention and tradition. A drawbridge is lowered at certain points of the day in order that the part-time inhabitants may cross over to the island in the morning and back to the mainland at night. Why do these young people go out to the islands? To learn how to live on the mainland. When they reach the island they are provided with excellent books that tell about life on the mainland. Schools as an Island
Once in a while as a special treat, a bus takes a few of the young people off the island during the day to look at what happens on the mainland. When everyone on the island has left in the afternoon, the drawbridge is raised. Janitors clean up the island and the lights go out. No one is left except perhaps a watchman keeping a vigil along the shoreland. The island is lifeless. Schools as an Island - continued
Once a year people from the mainland visit the island to watch graduation, after which some islanders depart never to set foot on the island again. After graduates leave the island for the last time, they are bombarded by problems of life on the mainland. Occasionally one of them can be heard to say to another: I remember reading something about that when we were on the island. Schools as an Island - continued Linking Schools With Life - William Carr - USA