Building Community Schools is about changing the way we work - shared vision, collaboration, strategic use of data, continuous learning, leveraging resources and building infrastructure that supports coordination and integration.

Resources include: definitions and frameworks; tools for assessing need, mapping assets and measuring impact; research and documented results; information on staffing, developing partner collaboratives, systems building, continuous improvement, and how to fund Community Schools.

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Think Outside the Survey Box: Creative Ways to Solicit Youth Feedback

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By: Public Profit

Break out of the survey box! There’s more than one way to learn what youth think, care about, want to do, or have learned in your program… so let’s use them! Check out our hands-on guide for youth practitioners to learn about verbal, kinesthetic and visual ways to solicit young people’s input.

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Categories: Continuous Improvement and Using Data, Expanded Learning, Home Featured Resource

Resource Tags: Data, Guide, Youth voice

Rocking Your Community Needs Assessment – Fact Sheet

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By: Public Profit

Does the term “needs assessment” send chills down your spine? Wondering how you’ll complete the community needs assessment for your next grant proposal? We’ve got you! See our fact sheet about web sites with easy-to-use data about communities. Download this list of the sites we like the most.

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Categories: Continuous Improvement and Using Data, Expanded Learning, Home Featured Resource

Resource Tags: Assessment, Data, Grant writing

Rocking Your Next Needs Assessment – Webinar

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By: Public Profit

To get started on a community needs assessment for your next grant proposal, watch this recording of Public Profit’s 1-hour webinar about easy-to-access data sources. This webinar was hosted by Public Profit on February 24, 2017 specifically for the California Community Schools Network looking toward the Prop 47 grants.

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Categories: Communication Tools, Financing, Home Featured Resource, Resources

Resource Tags: Financing, Funding, Grant

Making Data Work in California

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By: Attendance Works

This brief is designed to help district decision-makers in California think about how they might collect and use chronic absence data, with an emphasis on leveraging their Student Information Systems (SIS) to support this work.

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Categories: Continuous Improvement and Using Data, Featured, Home Featured Resource, School Climate and Restorative Disciplinary Practices

Resource Tags: Attendance, Chronic Absence, Data, School Climate, tool

New Grant Opportunity for Schools and Communities to Improve School Climate

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By: Children Now

Get ready to apply for the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund: Learning Communities for School Success.

We encourage school districts and community organizations to start preparing now for this competitive grant opportunity.

A Request for Proposal process is expected to begin in early 2017.

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Categories: Financing, General, Home Featured Resource

Resource Tags: Chronic Absence, Data, Financing, Funding, Grant, School Climate

Resource Categories: Financing

Community School Financing: Aligning Local Resources for Student Success

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By: Partnership for Children & Youth

This brief is an overview of community school financing in California. Five successful longstanding community school initiatives are profiled, providing evidence and ideas for funding.

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Categories: Featured, Financing, Home Featured Resource, Infrastructure and Building Partnerships

Resource Tags: Case Study, Financing, Funding

In School + On Track

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By: California Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General Kamala Harris issued her fourth annual statewide report on elementary school truancy and chronic absence in California, In School + On Track 2016. Drawing from four years of longitudinal data — a sample of almost half a million K-5 students– this year’s report includes the most comprehensive analysis to date on the high rates of absenteeism among California’s elementary school students.

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Categories: Featured, Home Featured Resource, Impact, Results + Research

Resource Tags: Chronic Absence, Research, Student Outcomes

21st Century Community Learning Center

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By: Partnership for Children & Youth

This memo describes the 21st CCLC request for applications (RFA) for elementary and middle school students. It is intended to provide updates about the new RFA and as an application planning tool that can be shared by teams, potential partners, and stakeholders.

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Categories: Expanded Learning, Financing, Home Featured Resource

Resource Tags: 21st Century Learning, after school, Expanded Learning, Financing, Funding, Summer Learning

Introduction to COST: Building Communities of Care

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By: California School-Based Health Alliance

A presentation made by Alameda County’s Center for Healthy Schools and Communities. Provides an overview of Coordination of Services Teams (COST) — a team approach for coordinating learning supports and resources for students.

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Categories: Infrastructure and Building Partnerships

Resource Tags: Coordination, coordination of services, learning supports, multi-disciplinary team, team

School-based Mental Health Services: What California’s School District Leaders Should Know about Mental Health Funding and 2011 Realignment

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By: Partnership for Children & Youth

Through the 2011 Realignment, California permanently shifted responsibility for administration and financing of most services for vulnerable children and youth to counties — including mental health services provided via EPSDT (Early and Periodic, Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment — Medi-Cal for enrollees under 21 years of age). EPSDT Realignment provides increased funding, as well as significantly […]

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Categories: Financing, Infrastructure and Building Partnerships, Mental Health Services, Nuts + Bolts

Resource Tags: 2011 Realignment, comprehensive systems, EPSDT, Funding, Mental Health, partner, universal services

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