Save-the-Date: Annual Community Schools Forum!
The Power of Us: Community School Partnerships and Success for All
Thursday, November 10, 2016
On November 10, 2016 the Federation for Community Schools will host the 12th annual Community Schools Forum. This year's theme is The Power of Us: Community School Partnerships and Success for All.
- Aligning programming to academic goals
- Forging stronger community connections and partnerships
- Building relationships between schools and families
- Using afterschool program quality standards in community schools
- The role of community schools in comprehensive positive youth development.
In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind, and provides states, districts and schools with increased flexibility over how to use funding, how to demonstrate student progress and achievement and how to improve school performance and narrow the opportunity gap, among other changes. ESSA also offers several opportunities for increased support for community school work. To see a summary and analysis of ESSA from the Illinois State Board of Education, click here.
States are now putting together their plans for putting ESSA into action. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is seeking input from stakeholders about how best to use the opportunities offered by ESSA, including priorities for accountability metrics, the state's assessment framework and identifying nonacademic measures of student success and school quality. It is important that ISBE hear from a wide range of stakeholders in student success so as to best inform the state's ESSA plan. Please visit ISBE's ESSA web site to learn more about listening tours where you can share your ideas with ISBE, get updates on the state's plan and submit your ideas.
You can see the recommendations that the Federation for Community Schools submitted during the first round of listening tours here. We will continue to provide information about the upcoming listening tours and the opportunities to provide input into the draft ESSA plan, including additional key messages and recommendations.
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