Community Schools: Policy and Practice

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The Community Schools strategy is an evidence-based approach to equity and school improvement that is continuously expanding nationally and internationally. Community Schools centers the school as both a place and a set of partnerships with an integrated focus on academics, services, supports and opportunities, to create conditions within which students and families can thrive. The strategy incorporates practices such as trauma-informed work, family engagement, and positive youth development. Community Schools: Policy and Practice will give students a foundational understanding of the Community Schools strategy, including its history, policy, evidence base, and various models. We will explore the structures and processes necessary for successful implementation, including needs assessment, partnerships, evaluation, and shared leadership. The class format will include a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities. Once class session will take place at an active Community School. Enrollment is open to both clinical and social administration students.

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