In Asheville and Buncombe County, 20% of low income students do not graduate from high school. While every student faces challenges, those who live in poverty must navigate significantly more obstacles in order to make it to graduation. Every student that doesn’t graduate from high school faces a life filled with greater obstacles - impacting their long-term health and income and often determining whether or not they live in poverty the rest of their life.
Community Schools - Supporting Students, Families and Community
- NONE of this work would be possible without the full partipation of a host of organizations in this community. Learn more about the Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network here.
- Our Early Warning and Response System is the first of its kind in North Carolina and it helps teachers and service providers catch students before they fall through the cracks.
- Homework Diners is all about bringing community together over a good meal and the chance to tackle homework together in a supportive environment.
The "Four Pillars" of the Community School Strategy
The Learning Policy Institute created this helpful infographic to illustrate the elements that should be in place to support the kinds of community level change that we are all working to achieve. (Click on the image to see a full sized version of the document).
- Expanded Learning Time and Opportunities for students
- Collaborative Leadership and Practice among school staff, students, parents and community partners and leaders
- Integrated Student Supports include health and wellness programs as well as other programs that address barriers to student success
- Active Family and Community Engagement uses a host of activities to fully involve and celebrate the whole community
The most important thing to remember about the Community School Strategy and the Four Pillars is this: "If you've seen one community school, you've seen one community school." This work will look different based on each community wants it to look like. So while we are inspired locally by the work in places like Albuquerque, NM, Oakland, CA, or Lehigh Valley, PA what we are doing here in Asheville and Buncombe County is unique to our people and our places.
Still not sure what the Community School Strategy is all about? Check out this animated video that further illustrates the concept.
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