Community Schools Forward
This resource provides information on the Community Schools Forward project, a collaboration among the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, the Children’s Aid National Center for Community Schools, the Coalition for Community Schools at IEL, and the Learning Policy Institute. The Community Schools Forward resources help policymakers and practitioners align around a conception of community schools that addresses key questions: What are community schools? How do they work? What goals and outcomes are they working toward? The answers are found in four tools to guide adoption and implementation. These tools–a framework, theory of action, outcomes and indicators, and a costing tool–reflect the collective wisdom and experience of the field along with the research base on community schools and the science of learning and development. Tools include the Framework: Essentials for Community School Transformation, which is a visual framework that shows the essential elements of a fully implemented community school and depicts the integrated nature of community school transformation; the Theory of Action for Community School Transformation, which explains the activities practitioners can undertake and the expected outcomes as they implement the essential elements of community school transformation as well as the key structures that support schools to mature and sustain the strategy; Outcomes and Indicators for Community Schools: A Guide for Implementers and Evaluators, which identifies realistic expectations for community school impact areas and long-term outcomes, and it specifies short- and medium-term outcomes and measures to monitor progress and continuously improve; and the Community Schools Costing Tool & User Guide.