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  1. Community Schools Initiative School District 17 Robert Mazerall, District Coordinator

  2. AGENDA • Definition • History • Education Plan When Kids Come First • Vision • Goals • District 17 Coordinator • Examples of Community Schools • Partnerships

  3. Community Schools Initiative What is it?

  4. A community school… • Creates an alliance between the school and the community • Uses community resources such as: • Volunteer groups • Parents • Public sector • Private sector

  5. Is unique, which means every community will have a different mix of services • Uses resources to provide additional opportunities for classroom instruction and /or after school programs • Insures all activities and services reflect the primary goal – to enrich and support educational outcomes

  6. Is open for students, their families and organizations beyond traditional hours

  7. A Community School… Is NOT a new concept… …it is a NEW focus.

  8. History • One of the first jurisdictions in Canada to adopt the concept of Community Schools was Saskatchewan • 1980: 11 Community Schools designated to address urban poverty issues • 1996: Building Communities of Hope: Conceptual Framework developed • 2001: the number of Community Schools doubles and expands to include rural K-12 • 2004: 98 schools involved in initiative

  9. Commitment # 6: “To engage Communities and Partners in Improving Schools” • Specific Actions • Phase I (Years 1 and 2 of the Plan) • Phase II (Years 3 and 4 of the Plan)

  10. Community Schools InitiativeVISION For parents, businesses and community members to work in partnership with educators to support schools as centers for learning by linking the resources of the community around them. • 2007 Framework

  11. Community Schools InitiativesGOALS • To deliver high quality educational programs • Create positive learning opportunities • Foster cooperative learning culture / environment

  12. Increase learner success by addressing educational and social needs • Develop successful family / community / school partnerships that integrate and improve access to resources • Encourage leadership in educational innovations

  13. Respect and promote the culture and identity of the community • Support life-long learning programs

  14. Community Schools CoordinatorDistrict 17 Responsibilities: • Facilitate planning initiatives • Identify and foster development opportunities • Ensure community / school input • Track and monitor programs

  15. Assess the community capacity to deliver sustainable programs • Work to mitigate barriers that challenge and restrict community use of schools • Ensure effective communication with all stakeholders including community members, schools, district, department of education, public / private partners

  16. Respect and promote the culture and identity of the community • Support life-long learning programs • Liaise between partners / schools / district and department to ensure stakeholders are best positioned and capable of sustaining on-going relationships

  17. Ensure all programs services and activities reflect the primary goal – to enrich and support educational outcomes • Develop and deliver strategic marketing presentations that explain and promote the community schools concept • Develop and maintain a database of all current and potential partnerships

  18. Community Schools in Action • Wellness Centre • Fish Friends • Early Childhood Learning • Local Option Course • Scouts, Girl Guides, Beavers, Brownies • Driver Training • Outdoor Classroom • Woodworking – evening program • Parenting – evening program • Computer courses – evening program

  19. Community Schools in Action … continued • Nutrition Programs • Headstart Program • Youth Leadership – First Nations • Music lessons • Gymnastics • Coaching of Sports • Karate • Dance; Square Dancing • Art class • Army Cadets

  20. Current Partnerships • Red Cross • Junior Achievement • RCMP – Community Program • Department of Education • Oromocto First Nations • Department of Wellness Culture and Sports • IRVING • Chamber of Commerce • Municipalities • OPAL Family Services • Boys and Girls Club • Department of National Defense • United Way • Department of Health

  21. Schools Need: • Mentoring • Tutoring • Classroom helpers • Fine Arts (music, art, etc) • Breakfast Program • Sports/Coaching • Supervision • Behind the scene assistance

  22. SCHOOLS NEED YOUR SUPPORT