Last Updated: May 21, 2015
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According to the Coalition for Community Schools, "a community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. The goal of establishing community schools is to bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities."
As the complexion of America's children changes and poverty persists as an influence on children's education, community schools offer an educational, developmental, and community change strategy to empower all children, youth, and families to realize their full potential.
To access IEL's Community Schools and Equity Webinar Series, please visit: Community Schools and Equity 2015 Webinar Series
To learn more about the value of full-service community schools in rural areas, we recommend: The Rural Solution: How Community Schools Can Reinvigorate Rural Education