Community Schools in Illinois: Partnerships Promoting Academic Excellence and Lifelong Development.Report as inadecuate

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Noting that educators are charged with the task of promoting lifelong development and self-sufficiency in students through academic excellence, this report discusses how community schools in Illinois provide an innovative route for achieving the vision of enabling all Illinois students to become confident, self-sufficient, and productive citizens. The report defines community schools as partnerships linking schools, families, and communities to promote better outcomes for children, youth, families, schools, and communities. The report discusses how community schools draw stakeholders from various arenas, provide school-linked or school-based services/activities that promote lifelong learning and development throughout the community, equip parents to help children learn, provide after-school activities, strengthen parent-teacher relationships, and increase the number of caring adults in children's lives. In addition, the report summarizes benefits of community schools, presents several models for community schools, and describes how some Illinois communities have forged partnerships that support community school goals. The report concludes with recommendations that the state of Illinois: (1) implement a statewide task force to identify the programmatic and administrative needs of and opportunities for community schools in Illinois and to develop a funding framework and statewide strategic plan; (2) create a center for academics, policymakers, educators, human service providers, families, and advocates to advance knowledge about community schools and support statewide efforts; and (3) establish the Kids Share Endowment to fund community collaborations focused on the healthy development, of children, youth, families, and communities. A list of community school resources is appended. (Contains 24 endnotes.) (KB)

Descriptors: Community Schools, Community Services, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Public Policy, School Community Relationship

Voices for Illinois Children, 208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1490, Chicago, IL 60604-1103. Tel: 312-456-0600; Web site:; e-mail: community schools[at]

Author: Mondschein, Emily


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