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Building Community through Twitter

In February a group of community school resource coordinators, non-profit leaders and communications managers, parent engagement coordinators, and teachers joined us to learn about Twitter and the power it has to help us build awareness for community schools.
Now it's time to talk strategy!  On March 31, we're offering Part 2 of this training series focused on developing a strong communications strategy.
Part 2 of the series will cover:

  • Identifying communications goals specifically for your community and target audience/s
  • Effective messaging that resonates with different audiences
  • Telling a better story about what is going on in our schools today. Storytelling with only 140 characters may sound daunting but it's not. We'll keep it simple.
  • Making time to tweet. We know you're busy, so we will learn about the tools that can help you manage your time and tweets effectively. 
Register for Part 2: Building Community through Twitter
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Illinois' State Budget: A Work in Progress

Illinois is in the middle of determining its FY16 budget. As many of you already know, Governor Rauner proposed a budget that included significant cuts to funding that community schools and the students and families you serve rely on, including eliminating Teen REACH, limiting Child Care Assistance Program funding to children 5 and under, eliminating some services for homeless youth, and changes to medical coverage. All of these proposed changes are designed to alleviate the state's fiscal crisis, but will have significant negative impacts on children, families, and vulnerable residents.
Lisa Christensen Gee, policy analyst for the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children, joined us earlier this week to provide a breakdown of the Governor's budget proposal, our state budget structure, and how we ended up in this situation

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Recap: Community Schools 101

On February 9th nearly 50 community school professionals gathered to learn strategies for laying a solid community school foundation that supports long-term success and sustainability.

If you were able to join us, please don't forget to complete this brief evaluation. Your feedback helps us continually refine and improve our workshops.
Those who were unable to attend can read more below to find some of the tools and resources that were shared.

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Recap: PARCC Preview Session for Community Schools & Partner Organizations

On January 15 the Federation partnered with Dr. Barbara Radner from the Polk Bros. Foundation Center for Urban Education at DePaul University to offer the PARCC Preview for Community Schools and Partner Organization. This orientation to PARCC provided partner organizations with an understanding of PARCC and how they can support student achievement on this new standardized assessment.

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Thanks for Joining Us for Our 10th Annual Community Schools Forum!

On November 14, 2014 we held our 10th Annual Community Schools Forum, Harnessing the Power of Partnership to Promote Equity through Community Schools. This year's event brought together nearly 300 community school practitioners - from California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin - who came to learn from each other and from experts in their fields about the ways community schools can and should be equity drivers. Through 30 workshops, a plenary panel, recognition of outstanding community school leaders and opportunities to participate in advocacy efforts, including demonstrating support for community schools on social media, we worked together to enhance and strengthen our collective community school efforts. Thank you to all of our presenters, planners, and supporters for helping to make the day so successful!

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