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What We Do

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The Community School Strategy

The Six Key Practices

ABC Community School Partnership utilizes the six key practices, established by Community Schools Forward, as the guiding principles for whole-school transformation. Those key practices are as follows:

  1. Powerful student and family engagement

  2. Collaborative leadership, shared power and voice

  3. Expanded and enriched learning opportunities

  4. Rigorous, community-connected classroom instruction

  5. Culture of belonging, safety, and care

  6. Integrated systems of support

Conditions for positive change and transformation are created when all six key practices are implemented in a community school, namely strong, trusting relationships, inclusive decision-making, and a thriving community.


The Community School Coordinator

Community school coordinators are critical to the implementation of the strategy in schools. The coordinator works with school stakeholders, mainly through bimonthly Community School Council meetings, to fulfill many of the items below while simultaneously cultivating a school culture of collaborative practices and inclusive decision-making.

Functions and Responsibilities of a Community School Coordinator

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ABC's Role

Professional Development and Technical Assistance

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More Resources

Learn more about community schools by checking out the resources below.

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