Community Schools Fundamentals 2017

New York, New York
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Community Schools Fundamentals 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:00 PM -
Friday, October 20, 2017 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)

CAS National Center for Community Schools
The Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1220
New York, New York 10115
United States

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Community Schools Fundamentals Conference
The Children's Aid Society's National Center for Community Schools presents the Community Schools Fundamentals Conference, a three-day seminar designed specifically for those new or relatively new to community schools.  The Fundamentals Conference will share The Children's Aid Society's lessons learned from more than 20 years of implementation in New York City and 18 years of nationwide capacity building.  In addition to conducting a study visit to a mature CAS community school, participants will learn about the foundations and the "nuts and bolts" of the strategy.

Join us in New York City this October for this exciting opportunity to deepen your understanding of community schools and network with other school and community leaders from across the country!

Conference Highlights

**World Premier of the Community Schools Directors's Video**


Friday October 20 -  8:45 AM
Remarks by:                                                    
José Muñoz, Director                                                                                                                
Coalition for Community Schools     

Friday October 20 - 9:00 AM
Plenary Presentation                               
Jeannie Oakes, Senior Fellow
Learning Policy Institute

Conference Details 

What's on the Agenda?
Who Should Attend?
Registration & Fee
Hotel Accommodations

Background Information
What is a Community School?
About The Children's Aid Society
About the National Center for Community Schools


What's on the Agenda          (back to top)
 You can download a draft conference agenda, but key content areas and activities will include:
  • The Children's Aid Society's Developmental Triangle
  • Principles of Effective Partnerships
  • Concurrent Workshops on the Four Capacities:
    • Comprehensiveness
    • Collaboration
    • Coherence
    • Commitment
  • Stages of Development in a Community School
  • Needs Assessment and Resource Mapping
  • Elements of Systemic Community Schools Initiatives
  • Implementation Planning
  • Visit to a CAS Community School
Who Should Attend? (back to top)
The Fundamentals Conference is open to the general public and is designed for teams from schools and communities that want to learn how to organize and sustain meaningful partnerships around student success, strong families and healthier neighborhoods.

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

Registration & Fees               (back to top)         
There are a limited number of slots available for the Community Schools Fundamentals Conference, so we encourage you to register immediately by clicking on the "Register Now" button at the top of the page.  Please note that participants are responsible for covering their transportation and per diem expenses.  Included in the registration fee is breakfast and lunch on both days as well as transportation for the school visits.  There is a discount for groups of 4 or more.

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.


What is a Community School?
A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between a school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, services, supports and opportunities leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools serve as the centers of their communities.  Learn more here.

About The Children's Aid Society
The Children’s Aid Society has been serving children for more than 150 years, a testament to its adaptability to the ever-changing needs of young people. Today, Children’s Aid serves more than 70,000 children and their families at more than 45 sites throughout New York City. All aspects of a child’s development are addressed as he or she grows, from health care to academics to sports and the arts. Because stable children live in stable families, a host of services are available to parents, including housing assistance, domestic violence counseling and health care access.  Visit the CAS website.

For over 20 years, The Children’s Aid Society has operated community schools in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Starting with the remarkable success of IS 218 and PS 5 in Washington Heights, the effort has grown to encompass 14 elementary, middle and high schools located in several of New York City’s neediest neighborhoods. These partnerships—which drew upon a rich tradition of community schooling that can be traced back to social reformers such as John Dewey and Jane Addams—became the CAS model. It’s a powerful model because it draws on a strong body of current research about the supports, services and opportunities needed by young people as they move toward productive adulthood.

About The National Center for Community Schools
In 1994, The Children’s Aid Society created the National Center for Community Schools in an effort to respond to the increased demand for information and advice about community schools implementation. NCCS facilitates learning opportunities that draw on CAS's community schools practice in New York City, as well as on lessons learned from around the country, including other models. NCCS also plays a leading role in local and national advocacy to advance the community schools movement and highlight this approach in the broader education agenda. 

NCCS has facilitated the development of over 15,000 community schools nationally and internationally, including providing assistance to nearly all of this country's major community school initiatives in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Portland and Tulsa.

lease visit our website  for more information



Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • $425 - Early bird (Ends 9/16/2017)  Plus service fee
    $475 -Standard Registration (Starts 9/17/2017) Plus Service Fee
    $500 - Late Registration (starts 10/9/17)  ENDS 10/16/17) Plus Service Fee

    Major credit cards are accepted.
    Purchase orders accepted 

    No refunds after September 30, 2017. No exceptions.
    All refunds before September 30 exclude service fee.
    (Service fees are collected by the Active Network and not the Children's Aid Society)

    All  payments should be sent no later than October 1, 2017
    Please make check payable to: The Children's Aid Society
    475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1220, New York, NY 10115

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