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Philadelphia Education Fund: Community Schools- A Year in Review
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When: Thursday, June 15, 2017
7:45 - 10:00 AM
Where: Philadelphia Education Fund Headquarters
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19103
United States

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Philadelphia Education Fund:
Education First Compact

Community Schools- A Year in Review

In 2016, the City of Philadelphia launched a new Community Schools Initiative in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. Mayor Kenney's Office of Education and and Community Schools Office have proposed creating 25 community schools over 5 years, funded by a new sugary-beverages tax for a total $40 million. Community schools are a model in which social, health, expanded learning, youth and family engagement, and other services are embedded into schools. This model, taking hold nationally, seek to turn schools into hubs for community growth and well being.

One year later, 9 of those 25 schools are on their way. Community School Coordinators have spent the year acquiring and considering feedback from schools, families, community partners, and government agencies. In March, action plans were released for all 9 schools. So how does the Community Schools Initiative hope to transform schools, given the unique capacities and needs of each community? What have been the successes - and challenges - of the first year? The Community Schools Office is joining the group for the last Compact of the 2016-17 school year to report out on Year 1.

Please come to share your thoughts and questions.

Susan Gobreski, Director for Community Schools, Mayor's Office of Education

Recent coverage on this topic:

Philly's Community Schools Start to Take Shape. 3/31/2017. Newsworks, WHYY.

Is Kenney's Community Schools Initiative Making a Difference in Philly? 3/30/2017. The Philadelphia Inquirer.