CAS Community Schools Practicum 2011

New York, New York
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CAS Community Schools Practicum 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 6:00 PM -
Friday, October 28, 2011 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)

CAS National Center for Community Schools
The Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Drive (Enter on Claremont Ave)
New York, New York 10115
United States

Map and Directions

Every School a Community School:
Focus on Results

We all know that we live in an evidence-based world, and nowhere is that statement more true than in the world of education. The community schools strategy is powerful because it is rooted in two kinds of evidence—a strong underlying body of research about what it takes to promote the learning and development of all our young people; and, increasingly, a wide array of empirical evidence coming from evaluations of community school initiatives that documents important positive results for students, families, schools and communities.

A focus on these results will form the basis for our work at The Children's Aid Society's ninth Community Schools Practicum, to be held October 26-28, 2011 in New York City.  We will have an opportunity to learn about the results from community school evaluations across the country and to explore some of the challenges faced by leaders in the field as they seek to document the impact of their comprehensive, integrated efforts.  And, as always, will hear from several education, policy and philanthropic leaders from around the country.

We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting opportunity to refresh our knowledge, rekindle our hopes and renew our professional relationships.

What's on the Agenda?
A detailed agenda is available here, but highlights include:

  • Opening Reception & Dinner on Wednesday, October 26, featuring speaker Pedro Noguera, New York University
  • Welcoming Remarks from Dennis Walcott*, NYC Department of Education
  • Dialogue with a distinguished panel of cross-sector leaders, including
    • Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children's Zone
    • John Easton, US Department of Education
    • Linda Juszczak, National Assembly on School-Based Health Care
    • Merryl Tisch, NYS Board of Regents
  • Reflections on community school results from notable thought leaders, including
    • David Kirp, UC Berkeley
    • Ralph Smith, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Plenary sessions and concurrent workshops highlighting exemplary community schools research and addressing related technical issues
  • Formal and informal networking and peer learning opportunities with national and international community school colleagues

Pedro Noguera                

Who should attend?
Given the focus of the Practicum and the limited space, we ask that broader initiatives (not individual school sites) assemble dynamic teams of four to ten members that represent the major partners involved in leading and documenting their impact (i.e., leaders from non-profit, education, community, government, research and philanthropic organizations).  Given the nature of the conference, we do not advise that site-level staff attend.

If you would like to discuss the composition or size of your team with us, please do not hesitate to contact us -- ideally before you register. 



Registration & Fee
The Community Schools Practicum is an invitation-only conference with limited space, so we encourage you to register immediately by clicking on the link in your email invitation.  Please note that participants are responsible for covering their transportation and per diem expenses.  Included in the registration fee is the opening reception/dinner on Wednesday evening, breakfast and lunch on Thursday, and breakfast on Friday.

Hotel Accommodations
As you may know, hotel rates in New York City can be quite high.  We have searched high and low for hotel accommodations with reasonable rates and easy access to the Columbia University area.  As a courtesy, we are pleased to provide a list of hotels that meet these criteria (click on the "Hotel Information" tab at top, or click here).  Because of the scarcity of affordable hotel rooms, we urge you to MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS IMMEDIATELY.  The sooner you reserve a room, the more likely you are to get a good rate.


Due to popular demand, we are also hosting a separate 
two-day Community Schools Fundamentals Conference on October 25-26, 2011 that is open to the general public.  Designed for those new or relatively new to community schools, the Fundamentals Conference will share CAS’s lessons learned from almost 20 years of implementation and 17 years of nationwide capacity-building.  In addition to conducting a study visit of a mature CAS community school, participants will delve into a range of topics on the “nuts and bolts” of the strategy, including the CAS Developmental Triangle, Four Capacities, Stages of Development, Elements of Systemic Initiatives and more.  Click here for more information.


















































































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Payment Instructions

  • $425 - Standard Registration
    $500 - Late Registration (after 10/15)

    Major credit cards are accepted.
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