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Nearly 4 Million Investment Will Expand Student-Centered Learning

March 19, 2019 Press

Coalition for Community Schools, Communities In Schools and StriveTogether today announced four communities across the country will receive a combined $3.75 million to implement student-centered blueprints for learning. Through the Together for Students initiative, these grants will transform how entire communities support student-centered learning by funding a more integrated, intentional system for meeting the unique needs of every child. The collective goal is to showcase how collaborative decision making among families, educators and partners can create better outcomes for nearly 100,000 youth.

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Watch: Milliken Fellow Fredrick Bailey Featured by AbbVie

March 14, 2019 News

With a focus on removing barriers for students at risk of dropping out, CIS will soon be able to serve about 70,000 additional students in more schools across the United States after receiving a $30 million donation from AbbVie. This is the largest donation in Communities In Schools’ 40-year history.  

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New Mosaic Art Exhibit Asks Us to Look Closer and Listen Harder to Find the Story Within Every Student

Jan. 15, 2019 Press

A new art exhibit hosted by Communities In Schools (CIS) at Touchstone Gallery in Washington, D.C., will ask audiences to look closer and listen harder to our nation’s students who are thriving in the face of significant challenges ranging from school violence to problems at home to hunger. Showcasing the work of renowned pop artist, Jason Mecier, the display will feature seven powerful mosaic portraits of students from across the country. Each piece is assembled with objects from the student’s life to represent who they are as individuals as well as the supports that helped them succeed.

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Chicago Tribune: Arne Duncan and Dale Erquiaga Consider Corporate Support of Chicago Public Schools

Dec. 13, 2018 News

We’re not talking about big businesses taking over schools or foisting their preferred educational philosophy on teachers and principals. Not at all. Rather, businesses can invest in the great nonprofit partners that have shown they can work with school districts to boost student success, as well as in research that aims to uncover new strategies for dismantling the barriers students face.

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AbbVie and CIS Making News

Nov. 29, 2018 News

AbbVie's recent announcement of a $55 million total donation to three leading nonprofits, including Communities In Schools, is making national and regional headlines.

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The Washington Post: Kids need more than academics at school to succeed. Doing it right is the trick.

Nov. 28, 2018 News

Many schools have formal and homegrown efforts responding to the impacts of poverty and other adversities on learning. The Universal School Breakfast Program feeds over 14 million students in schools across the country. The Jennings School District in Missouri opened a food pantry, homeless shelter and health clinic for its students. Programs such as Communities In Schools, Community Schools, City Connects, and BARR Center are addressing students’ comprehensive needs by connecting them to community resources.

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Why Principals Need to Make Student Mental Health a Priority

Oct. 18, 2018 News

Immigrant students are suffering more anxiety over the "rhetoric around immigration and ICE raids," said Dale Erquiaga, the president and CEO of Communities In Schools, a national nonprofit that works to connect schools with community services. "The other is race. We hear a lot from our sites about African-American students... [that] race conversations in the country ratchets up their anxiety and anger."

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Bristol Herald Courier: 'We're here to develop the whole child': Social and emotional intelligence are the key for students of color

Oct. 12, 2018 News

The Illinois State Board of Education added SEL skills to its student learning standards in 2003 and organizations like dropout-prevention nonprofit Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) are doing their part to make sure SEL remains at the forefront of education. Student support managers from CIS Chicago work with CPS students who have challenges with attendance, behavior or coursework. They offer group and individual help with things like anger management and grief support.

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Two New Board Members Join CIS Board of Directors  

Sept. 24, 2018 News

Communities In Schools, the national organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future, today welcomed Isaiah Pickens, PhD, and Darilyn Olidge, Esq., to its National Board of Directors. Dr. Pickens is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in consulting, counseling, and educational services for families, teens, and young adults. Olidge is a Partner, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Brightwood Capital Advisors.

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