Immigrant and Refugee Resources

The National Coalition for Community Schools has compiled a list of resources for immigrant and refugee students and families:

The Coalition’s “Culture of Health” series looks at what Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenberg is doing to support immigrant students in today’s political environment.


Research Paper Synthesizes Community School Outcomes To Date

The Coalition for Community Schools recently posted a research paper that offers a systematic review of community school programs worldwide and evaluates their effectiveness in achieving at least one of their objectives. It’s interesting to note that most community school activities and outcomes are interrelated. Therefore, if studies show a positive effect of a particular activity on one outcome, they will likely show a positive outcome on several other factors as well. Cooperation (between schools, parents and communities), parental involvement and participation in extracurricular activities mostly correlate positively with academic achievement; they also correlate with reduced dropout rates and reduced risky behavior (in this case, defined as drug usage or criminal activity). This research suggests that community schools can, therefore, achieve their objectives with the types of activities they undertake. However, as most of the current research is correlational, further research should be done on the causal mechanisms behind these correlations.

The findings include:

-a positive correlation between parental involvement and community school outcomes
-a correlation between schools that offer a coordinated range of services (ie. health, adult learning, and social services offered within school environment) and smaller attainment gaps in standardized test scores, as well as higher standardized test scores
-a correlation between cooperation of schools/families/communities and higher attendance rates and lower chronic absenteeism
-a positive association between parental involvement and student academic performance
-a positive correlation between participation in extracurricular activities and student achievement (in elementary, middle and high school populations)
-a correlation between participation in extracurricular activities and lower dropout rates, as well as reduced student risky behavior (defined in this study as drug use and/or criminal activity)

The study also notes that extracurricular activities and parental involvement are better indicators of student achievement than parent income or education. For more information, the report can be found here:

Reading Room

April 1, 2017
Community schools are public schools in The New York Times

February 7, 2017
Syracuse, NY seeks alternative to punishment culture at schools in The Crime Report (.org)

January 11, 2017
Improved communications in Milwaukee community schools on Wisconsin Public radio (

November 7, 2016
Community schools formally added to Baltimore schools portfolio in The Baltimore Sun

October 29, 2016
Nudges that help struggling students succeed in The New York Times

September 29, 2016
The 4 traits that put kids at risk for addiction in The New York Times

Fall 2016
Community schools help afterschool flourish in Afterschool Today

August 7, 2016
An effective but exhausting alternative to high school suspensions in The New York Times Magazine

August 22, 2016
Erie set to launch community school pilot program in

August 16, 2016
Community schools partnership works to embrace Milwaukee's children in On Milwaukee

August 9, 2016
NEA publishes article in support of community schools in NEA Today

August 6, 2016
David Kirp on school health services and NY community schools in The New York Times

August 2, 2016
Dallas community schools and politics in The Dallas Observer

July 2016
How marginalized families are pushed out of PTAs in The Atlantic

July 13, 2016
Pittsburgh School Board to vote on 'community schools' approach in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 26, 2016
Kids Count reports RI ranks 27th in child well-being in Providence Business Journal

June 24, 2016
Kids Count reports more RI kids in poverty but fewer uninsured in RI NPR

June 23, 2016
How community schools can beat summer learning loss in SFGate

June 6, 2016
When half of the pupils are homeless, schools serve important role in The New York Times

May 22, 2016
The lifetime benefits of early childhood parental supports and home visits in The New York Times

May 18, 2016
Community schools in NY find creative ways to boost attendance in DNAinfo

May 4, 2016
"Place-based" work helps students in rural Kentucky in HomeRoom: The Official Blog of the US Department of Education

April 29, 2016
Community schools seen as way out for some schools in NY state receivership in

April 13, 2016
Philadelphia officials discuss April’s national community schools conference in Albuquerque: momentum clearly gaining in Philadelphia Public Schools "The Notebook"

April 4, 2016
Albuquerque finds success with its 20 community schools in The Albuquerque Journal

March 23, 2016
Philadelphia mayor plans to establish 25 community schools over next four years in

March 11, 2016
The Director of the Coalition for Community Schools, Martin Blank, comments on the potential impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in The Washington Post

March 10, 2016
The Coalition for Community Schools publishes its latest research paper, “Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools”

March 1, 2016
New York State sets $250 million funding goal for community schools

February 22, 2016
Two superintendents discuss community school successes and lessons

February 11, 2016
David Denby of The New Yorker urges an increase in health and social services to improve student outcomes

Map of Rhode Island’s Community Schools