2015 KidStrong Conference Concord University Graduate Assignment Title: KidStrong Conference 2015 40105 EDPD 800 1 Community Schools Agency: WVDE/Office of Special Programs Hours: 3 CRN: 60001 Course Date: Summer 2015 Due Date: Friday, May 6, 2016 Grades: Your grade will be posted on the CU student online website pending which SUMMER 2015 course chosen (SUMMER I ending June 19, 2015 or SUMMER II ending July 24, 2015). Please contact the Concord University Registrar’s Office at 1-304-384-5323 or 1-304384-5331 if you have difficulty accessing your grade. Background: Healthy Students = Better Students. A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools offer a personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone – all day, every day, evenings and weekends. Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. Partners work to achieve these results: Children are ready to enter school; students attend school consistently; students are actively involved in learning and their community; families are increasingly involved with their children's education; schools are engaged with families and communities; students succeed academically; students are healthy - physically, socially, and emotionally; students live and learn in a safe, supportive, and stable environment, and communities are desirable places to live [Coalition for Community Schools (2013)]. Assignment 1. Assess your school or county in relation to the community school concept and summarize what an ideal community school would look like. Identify one component of the framework, review current efforts, develop a plan for improvement and describe how those improvements may be successfully implemented (anyone attending for physical education or physical activity for class room teachers and administrators must integrate physical activity in the component selected). The major community school framework recommendations include: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Engaging Instruction, Expanded Learning Opportunities, College, Career, and Citizenship, Health and Social Support, Community Engagement, Early Childhood Development, Family Engagement and Youth Development Activities For more information visit: http://wvde.state.wv.us/healthyschools/section1/CommunitySchools.htm Please utilize the “Success Story Template” located at http://wvde.state.wv.us/healthyschools/ to complete and electronically submit your impact, next steps and/or success story. Include the following as applicable: 1. Problem Overview – Description and how your work on the above assignment has the potential to impact your student population 2. Program/Activity Descriptions - Recommended next steps 3. Program /Activity Outcomes - Successes (or expected successes if you have not implemented your project). Should you have any problems submitting your Success Story Template, please contact or send your assignment in a WORD document attachment to Rebecca King at [email protected] OR (304) 558-8830.