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April 27, 2016

Hi Friends,

Imagine a community where the educational system was set up to support the whole child by providing academic supports, social and emotional learning, health and wellness, family and community engagement, and a safe and supportive climate. The Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership, collaboration with Milwaukee Public Schools and United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County is laying the groundwork for this to be a reality. According to Ryan Hurley, Director, Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership, there is exciting work being done right here in our community!

The Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership (MCSP) is a collective impact strategy to transform schools into a place where students, families, staff, and the surrounding community can work together to ensure every student is successful.

Community Schools is a proven model to increase a school’s capacity to better engage and align partnerships centered on the self-identified, real-time priorities of schools and communities.

The Community School model has been implemented across the country showing that authentic engagement and shared leadership combined with the coordinated community partnerships focused on equity can improve educational outcomes, school climate and investment in local neighborhoods.  For example, the Cincinnati school district, which has turned every school into a hub of the community, has seen high school graduation rates rise from 51% to more than 80% while dramatically reducing the achievement gap between black and white students.

Community Schools are based on the simple belief that our schools and communities are rich in assets and that through broad engagement and deep collaboration we can ensure strong, healthy and successful schools, families and communities. They also acknowledge the challenges and hard work necessary to transform relationships, policies and procedures.

In partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools, United Way is currently working with four MCSP Schools: Auer Avenue Community School, Bradley Tech High School, Hopkins Lloyd Community School and James Madison Academic Campus. Each of these schools has conducted a local assessment, developed a Community School Leadership Team - a diverse group of individuals invested in school and community success - and identified common goals so that each individual and organization are working collectively.

While Ryan and team have seen some very promising results around academic achievement, attendance and improved school climate in less than one year of implementation, we recognize that Community Schools are a long-term investment strategy for building sustainable and successful schools.

With this in mind, each of the four MCSP Schools has a full-time Community School Coordinator who is tasked with engaging and organizing stakeholders (staff, parents, students, community residents, local organizations), and aligning community partnerships around shared goals (among many other things!).

If you would like to learn more about Community Schools, on May 5th there will be Community School “Teach Ins” held at each of the Community Schools. You will learn more about how the Milwaukee Community Schools partnership is working to transform public education in our City. For more information email: communityschools@unitedway.or or visit www.unitedwaygmwc.org.
 
See you soon,

Danae

Danae Davis  |  Executive Director
Milwaukee Succeeds
101 W. Pleasant St., Suite 210, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Direct: 414.336.7057 
www.milwaukeesucceeds.org


 

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