On November 8 and 9, 2017 the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Coalition for Community Schools and Binghamton University, will meet to share and discuss the Binghamton University Community School initiative, an event that includes site visits to two rural community schools that are part of the Broome County Promise Zone.
A whole-child approach to student learning and development, community schools unite school, family and communities; an approach that has improved student achievement, and family and community engagement across the country.
Meetings will feature the Broome County Promise Zone and Elmira City School District (CSD) community schools initiative, an innovative partnership among Binghamton University, local school districts and other community partners, working to improve outcomes for youth, families and communities. This model illustrates university-assisted community schools where university administration, faculty and students support the development, implementation and evaluation of community schools as an economic and community development strategy, and civic engagement initiative.
Laura Bronstein, dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs, the school that implemented and maintains the Binghamton University Community School initiative, will moderate the two-day event, which begins with an overview at Binghamton University’s Downtown Center from 5:45-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8.
Other speakers include MaryEllen Elia, commissioner of the New York State Education Department and president of the University of the State of New York; CCSSO chiefs from across the United States; Donald G. Nieman, Binghamton University provost and executive vice-president for academic affairs; Brian Rose, vice president of student affairs; and the superintendents and community schools coordinators of the Binghamton, Elmira, Johnson City, Union Endicott city school districts and Broome-Tioga BOCES.
The objective of this collaborative event is to promote an understanding of the community school strategy and its potential for school improvement, particularly in high-poverty areas; the context, structure, partners and impact of the Broome County and Elmira CSD university-assisted community schools initiative, with a focus on New York State, supported by the Broome County Promise Zone; and the role that state education agencies can play in supporting the development of community schools across the nation.