Community Schools
in Action

Every community school looks slightly different, because it is developed through mutually beneficial partnerships with students, families, community agencies, businesses, and residents that are unique to that community.

Check out these
community school profiles to learn more about the powerful community school work of one district and two schools in Illinois.

You can also view these videos to really see community schools in action!

Community Schools Map

There are nearly 200 community schools in urban, surburban, and rural communities all over Illinois. Click on the interactive map to learn more about community schools in your area.  

Federation Newsletter
Federation members get access to our weekly eDigest which contains information about upcoming events, best practices, funding opportunities and much more.

View previous editions by clicking here.


Community Schools Advocacy Day - April 30, 2014

The state budget situation is a mess. Critical funding that community schools rely on is in jeopardy. Many of our communities are being put under increasing stress, and support for programs and resources people need is eroding.

That's why we're taking our case to Springfield on April 30th!  We're partnering with the United Way to spend a day in Springfield educating elected officials and policymakers about community schools and the funding they rely on to achieve their goals. The most important people for legislators to hear from are you, the people living and working in their district. Consider joining us on April 30th and getting your stakeholders involved - to have parents and youth participate would be especially impactful.

Learn more about our Community Schools Advocacy Day and how you can get involved.

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Recap of Making Sense of the Dollars & Cents

On April 17 we convened a Stakeholder Symposium, Making Sense of the Dollars and Cents: Understanding Illinois' budget, the impacts on our work, and opportunities for change to educate our members about Illinois' fiscal situation and how we can work together to make things different in the future. The Symposium featured Lisa Christensen Gee (Voices for Illinois Children), Judith Gethner (Illinois Partners for Human Service), and Teresa Ramos (Advance Illinois) who explained - in an incredibly easy to understand way - the State's fiscal situation and efforts we can collectively take to make affect positive changes to the way our legislature invests in public education and human services. Many thanks for Lisa, Judith, and Teresa for sharing their expertise with us!

Click here for notes from the Symposium and links to the presentations and materials that were shared.
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Oakland Youth Create Animated Video About Community Schools

This animated video project on the role community schools can play in uplifting children and neighborhoods was created by Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) students in the Media Enterprise Alliance (MEA) journalism and multimedia program sponsored by OUSD's Communications Department and KDOLTV-27. 
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Congressman Aaron Schock Cosponsors Community Schools Act

Congressman Aaron Schock, U.S. Representative for Illinois's 18th congressional district, became a cosponsor on the Supporting Community Schools Act in the House (HR 3873). Rep. Schock has cosponsored Rep. Hoyer's Full Service Community Schools bill in the past and, as the first Republican cosponsor, is committed to doing so again this session.

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Community Schools Featured on Chicago Tonight

WTTW's Chicago Tonight recently aired a segment on the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago's LIVE UNITED Neighborhood Network (LUNN) in Chicago's Brighton Park community.
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Thank You for Joining Us at the Midwest Community Schools Forum

Thank you to everyone who joined us on November 14-15 for our 9th annual Midwest Community Schools Forum in Lisle, IL. 
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A community school is a public school that acts as the hub of its community by engaging community resources to help meet student, family, and community needs. Community schools offer a range of on-site programs and services that support the success of students and their families. Every community school looks different bceause each school works to meet the unique needs of its unique students, families, and community members. The fundamental goals -- success for all students and families -- remain the same.

The Future of Public Education: Community Schools brings to life the different components of a community school, and uses real-life examples to highlight the ways in which community schools throughout Illinois are impacting students, families, and the surrounding communities.
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