The Federation for Community Schools is a coalition of individuals and organizations working together to promote policies that support the advancement of community schools throughout Illinois. Federation members receive many benefits from participating in the coalition. Visit our interactive map of community schools in Illinois.
Why Become a Member
Once you complete and submit a membership form, you will become a member of the Federation and receive all the benefits associated with membership. Federation provides its members with the following opportunities:
Up-to-date information about issues pertaining to community schools;
Opportunities for peer-to-peer mentoring and networking through monthly meetings and annual conferences;
Access to professional development related to establishing and maintaining a high quality community school;
Ability to learn more through the Federation's clearinghouse of community school best practices and emerging research findings;
Talking points on community schools to help coalition members discuss their schools' experience within the larger framework of community schools; and
Access to information about potential sustainability opportunities as they emerge.
In return for all of this, the Federation asks that its members actively participate in the advocacy plans and activities as developed collectively by the Federation's stakeholders and share their best practices and expertise with peers to help elevate the practice of our entire learning community.
Participate in our Learning Community
Each month we host a training, workshop, or networking event for professionals working in community schools. Whether it's a Resource Coordinator Luncheon - designed to provide resource coordinators with a safe space to network, explore challanges, and engage in group think around an issues - or one of our quarterly Stakeholder Symposia - which look at using the community school strategy to address a complex challenge - we're bound to offer something for you. To wrap-up each year, we host an annual Illinois Community Schools Forum in the fall. Click here to learn about last year's event and what you can expect this year.
Look for our list of upcoming events or contact us with any questions you might have about upcoming opportunities for you to engage with our network.
We encourage you to join today!
Program Advisory Committee (PAC)
The Program Advisory Committee (PAC) serves as the leadership body of the Federation's members. Five members of the PAC also serve as voting members on the Federation’s Board of Directors to ensure that the Board has direct input from the stakeholders and practitioners woking in community schools. It is important to note that the PAC seats are not dedicated to the individual or that person's organization, but are the combination of both person and organization represented. The following outlines the roles and responsibilities of PAC members:
- Actively participate in all stakeholder committee meetings and serve as a stakeholder member
- Articulate and influence the state and federal policy agenda
- Effectively communicate with and between stakeholders and serve as a voice of the stakeholder members to the greater public
- Secure endorsement of the Federation's policy agenda from their organization
- Invest in moving forward the vision of Community Schools