Community Learning Centers in Cincinnati: Transformation through Collaboration Darlene Kamine Annie Bogenschutz Dr. Tina Russo
Objectives • To recognize that Community Schools (CLCs) are Smart Schools • To understand the Cincinnati Community Learning Center model, that collaboration is a key to its success and how it has impacted Cincinnati Public Schools • To determine if this is a possible strategy that could help our school district • Learn implementation strategies that that your district can use
Declining enrollment and poor academic results in Cincinnati Public Schools from 1970’s - 1999. • Increase in poverty and connected conditions of poverty – high mobility, poor health, family illiteracy, economic instability. • Loss of middle class from schools and the city. • Failed school tax levies, diminishing tax base • Flight of creative class; difficult to attract new business, qualified work force.
CPS Guiding Principles for Community Learning Centers In order to serve more fully the needs of our students and to support the improvement of their academic and intellectual development, all Cincinnati Public Schools will engage their communities in improving student achievement. As centers in the community, the schools and their partners should foster strong collaboration, set high expectations, embrace diversity, and share accountability for results. 2. Each school in the district will assess the needs of its student population using the OnePlan process. As a result of that process, the school will develop the partnerships needed to enhance opportunities for student success and community investment. 3. Where the school and its community deem it appropriate, those partnerships may result in organizations and agencies locating at the school site to deliver services. When that occurs, the school will be defined as a community learning center. CPS Board of Education 2001
CPS Parametersfor Partnerships CPS Board of Education 2001Partnerships with the school will support the mission of CPS to educate all students to meet or exceed the district’s defined academic standards. District dollars must be devoted to education. Partnerships co‑located in the school must be financially self‑sustaining. Partnerships co‑located in the school will be integrated into the school’s operation and governance by working with the LSDMC toward the mission and goals of the school’ s OnePlan. Partnerships must have measurable outcomes related to the mission of CPS and the school’s OnePlan, which will be monitored by the LSDMC. If the partnership is not demonstrating a positive impact, the LSDMC and Principal have the authority to discontinue the partnership subject to controlling legal agreements. Relationships with Capital partners must be negotiated with the administration. Services and programs offered by partnerships must be accessible and affordable to students, parents and the school community.
CPS Board of Education Superintendent Administrative Leadership Team Steering Committee Legal Financial Development of Partnerships Alignment of Programming with Facilities Design and Construction Planning Marketing Communications Training Community Engagement Community Learning Center (CLC) Planning Teams develop partnerships approved by LSDMC to be included in design and construction of CPS facilities as Community Learning Centers Local School Decision Making Committees continue to develop, implement and track partnerships Revised 9/11/03
Cross Boundary Leadership Team Early Childhood Green& Healthy Leave No Child Inside College Access Growing Well Cincy After School MindPeace Adopt a Class Tutoring Arts Parent Network Evaulation
Cincinnati Public Schools Principal Local School Decision Making Committee Resource Coordinator Lead Agency Academic Family/Parent Engagement Community Engagement Wellness Community Engagement Mental Health Primary/Dental Health After School Tutoring Mentoring Parent Engagement College Access Community Learning Center @ Site Level Partner list on following page
Community Learning Center Partner List @ Taylor Academy Community Engagement Primary/ Dental Health Parent Engagement Other Mental Health After School Tutoring Mentoring College Access Arts Central Clinic Annie Bogenschutz 363.3644 bogensa@cpsboe. K12.oh.us Children’s Home Of Cincinnati Caryn Williams 377.4487 cawilla@the Childrenshome cinti.org Cincinnati Health Department Christine Tartar 363.3621 taylorn@cpsboe. K12.oh.us Central Clinic Erin Eakin 363.3617 eakiner@cpsboe. K12.oh.us Project GRAD Mimi Mickle mmickle@project Gradcincinnati.org Project GRAD Chris Brown COORDINATING PARTNER *5th Quarter *Junior Community Action Comm *SRO:/ DARE *Project Connect *UC Econ Center *CHOC Therapists Caryn Williams Tiffany Fread *CHOC Case Manager: Jenna Benthein *CHOC Psychiatrist Dr. Susan Merwin *Character Council *CPS Psychologist Christie Antran *CPS Social Worker Beverly Troutman *Fernside Grief Counseling *MindPeace *Target *Community Councils *Fairmont Providers *Mallory Center *CMHA *Millvale Rec Center *Community Computer/Library *Donors/CE: -Crayons2Comp -Feast of Love -USB -Urban ministry -St. James -St. Columban -St. Susanna -Assistance League -Riverfront Kiwanas -Nativity -Great American *CPS Speech Pathologist Paulette Bein *Dental Van *Luxotica *Wellness Team Cindy Bodinski *Fresh Fruit and Veggie Grant *Fuel Up to Play 60 *Childhood Food Solutions Tony Fairhead *Growing Well *CAS Parent Council *CAS Student Council *Sports Teams *Clubs *Kids Café *Boy Scouts *Girl Scouts *Recreation *Technology *Tutoring *Homework Help *Mentoring *Leadership *Art/Theater/Dance *Service Learning *Golf *Tennis *Dramakinetics *Wellness Classes *Millvale Rec Center *Volunteers: -Bearcat Buddies -Reading Ladies -Community Members -Miami Students -XU Students -Children’s Hospital *ELP Marsha Marcus *SES Various Providers *GearUP Jim Macht • *Adopt A Class • Lead: • -CRC • -Union Savings • Bank • -Origins • Community • Church • -Neon Lites • -Cong. Steve • Chabot • -CMHA • -ArtsWaves • *PNC Grow Up • Great • *ZooMates • *CYC: • Shawndale • Thomas *Parent Meetings *Open House *Parent Conferences *Back To School Fair *NAAPID *GearUp *Holiday Assistance And Celebrations *Community/ Parent Classes- Nutrition Budgeting Parenting *Project Grad Chris Brown Mimi Mickle Walk for Success *GearUP College Access: Javin Tucker Drop Out Prev: Lowrie Turner **7th/8th Grade College visits *Junior NHS *Cincinnati Scholarships *Cincinnati Arts Association *Playhouse in The Park *Green Acres Foundation PARTNER TEAMS
Site Level Implementation • The Resource Coordination Process: • Review the Data • Engage the Partners • Focus on Individual Needs • Offer Support • Reset • Measure Impact
A Principal’s Perspective • The story of Winton Hills Academy • Why I believe in the Community Learning Center strategy • Advantages and Impact • Struggles and Barriers • Richard Riley Award for Schools as Centers of Community 2007
CPS Academic Gains With the combination of data informed instruction and aligned partners: Cincinnati Public Schools is the only urban school district in Ohio to reach the EFFECTIVE rating! (2009-10 and 2010-11)
Based on 2010-2011 data: CPS students earned the largest number of report card indicators ever- 10, up from 7 in 2009-10- and performed better on each of the 24 state tests over eight grade levels. Raised the district’s Performance Index Score, a composite of all student test results, to 87.3, CPS’ highest score ever. 2003 2010-2011 72.1 87.3
Raised district wide graduation rate 30+% 2001 2010-2011 51.0% 81.9% Slashed the number of schools in Academic Emergency (the lowest rating) 2008-2009 2010-2011 14 3 More than 82% of CPS schools are rated Excellent, Effective or in Continuous Improvement (3 highest categories).
Impact and Accomplishments There are currently 53 CPS schools, 33 have Resource Coordinators Surpassed enrollment projections including the return of middle class families to neighborhood schools. Provided the conditions for learning through hundreds of community partnerships which brought millions of dollars in additional resources to the students and their families.
Make the Case – Why do we need Community Schools? Build community groundswell of support. Create a shared community vision. Establish the infrastructure and operational guidelines, including governance and sustainability. Get Started Together
Organize existing agencies and resources to develop sustainable capacity