Community Schools Initiative (CSI) 

Overview

Community Schools Initiative
The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) manages the largest community schools system in the nation, known as the Community Schools Initiative (CSI). Awarded by the Coalition for Community Schools in 2006 with the Community Schools National Award for Excellence, CSI has launched more than 200 schools, in partnership with nearly 50 lead non-profit organizations, that serve as hubs of their communities to meet students' and families' academic and non-academic needs to develop educated citizens and strengthen local neighborhoods.

Goals

  • Transform and maintain selected public schools to become the centers of their communities, with campuses open mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends and into the summer.
  • Connect children and families to a range of services that foster individual and economic well-being.
  • Counteract the effects of a range of negative factors that contribute to students' lack of opportunities and underachievement.
  • Engage parents and the community to improve academic achievement.

Benefits

  • Job training courses are available for parents.
  • Provide access to medical and dental care on site.
  • Provide opportunity to take music and art lessons.
  • All out-of-school programs relate to and support the school's academic program.

Enrollment

Students may contact their Community School Resource Coordinator for the specific enrollment processes at their CSI school.

Schools taking part in the 2013-2014 Community Schools Initiative 

Resources

CPS Community Schools offer students and adult family members a variety of opportunities to learn beyond the classroom.

Visit the Coalition for Community Schools, the Federation for Community Schools, and the National Center for Community Schools to learn more about the numerous tools and publications available.

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Contact Information


Community Schools Initiative

125 South Clark Street
12th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-1766
Fax: (773) 553-2460
E-Mail: inspectorgeneral@cps.edu


CSI Information


CSI Community School Model

CSI At A Glance


Community Schools Initiative (CSI)

  • Established by the District in 2002
  • Launched over 200 community schools citywide
  • The largest initiative of its kind in the United States
  • Recipient of the Coalition for Community Schools, Washington, D.C., National Award for Excellence, 2006


CSI Community School Model
Expanded learning opportunities and comprehensive support services are tailored to the needs of each site, and offered year-round through extended hours of operation. CSI Community Schools, in partnership with community agencies, provide access to services in the following categories:

  • Academic supports for students and families,
  • Social and cultural enrichment aligned to the school day,
  • Health and wellness services and referrals for students and families,
  • Socio-emotional health of students, and
  • Family and community engagement activities.


Overview
Community Schools bring together the academic and social supports needed to ensure that all students succeed by offering programs before, during and after the school day for students and their families. The programs are designed to support the school's academic program and expand the services offered within the community. Programs and services offered at each community school vary, but most community schools offer some combination of academic enrichment activities for students, adult education and English as a Second Language classes, student and adult technology training, art activities, recreation and health services.

Community Schools assert a strong link between addressing students' psychosocial well-being and effective support for student learning. In particular, the improvement of student learning is linked to the accomplishment of three operational objectives:

  • To broaden and deepen the range of services, resources, and developmental opportunities available to students, in ways that promote student well-being and attachment to school, address academic and psychosocial deficits, and promote positive development;
  • To address the needs of parents and families, and strengthen the parent-school relationship as an asset to student learning;
  • To link classrooms and teachers to community resources and professionals in ways that support student learning.


Strategy
Community Schools provide targeted and comprehensive services for students and families based on the full-service CSI community school model. While services are tailored to the specific needs of each site, all schools provide programs in the following categories: (1) academic supports for students, (2) health and wellness access for students and families, (3) social/emotional health services and referrals for students and families, (4) social and cultural enrichment as well as recreational activities, and (5) adult education and family/community engagement programming.

The nine key factors for student success addressed by Community School partnerships are: Children are ready to enter school, Students attend school consistently, Students are actively involved in learning and the community, Schools are engaged with families and communities, Families are actively involved in children's education, Students succeed academically, Students are healthy physically, socially and emotionally, Students live and learn in stable and supportive environments, and Communities are desirable places to live.

Core Features


At the site level, CSI Community Schools are fundamentally supported by the principal (with the capacity and visionary leadership to drive the implementation of a high-quality community school), Community Partner Agencies, a CSI Resource Coordinator (CSI-RC) (site manager), and the CSI Advisory Committee composed of school staff, parents, community members, students, and partner agency representatives.

The community schools affiliated with the CSI share a number of distinguishing core features. CSI schools assert a strong link between addressing students' psychosocial well-being and effective support for student learning. In particular, the improvement of student learning is linked to the accomplishment of three operational objectives:

  • To broaden and deepen the range of services, resources, and developmental opportunities available to students, in ways that promote student well-being and attachment to school, address academic and psychosocial deficits, and promote positive development;
  • To address the needs of parents and families, and strengthen the parent-school relationship as an asset to student learning;
  • To link classrooms and teachers to community resources and professionals in ways that support student learning.

CSI Community Schools provide targeted and comprehensive services for students and families based on the full-service CSI community school model. While services are tailored to the specific needs of each site, all schools provide programs in the following categories: (1) academic supports for students, (2) health and wellness access for students and families, (3) social/emotional health services and referrals for students and families, (4) social and cultural enrichment as well as recreational activities, and (5) adult education and family/community engagement programming.

There are nine key factors for student success addressed by CSI Community School partnerships:

CSI Factors for Student Success Sample Indicators
Children are ready to enter school
  • Immunization Rates
  • Physical Exam Status
  • HS – 9th Grade On Track (to Graduate) Rate
  • HS – 9th Grade Test Scores
Students attend school consistently
  • Attendance Rate
  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • Student Mobility
Students are actively involved in learning and the community
  • Student Perception of Peer Support for Academic Work
  • Student Perception of Academic Engagement
  • Student Perception of Student Study Habits
  • Teacher Perception of Quality of Student Discussion
  • Teacher Perception of Student Responsibility
  • Student Response Rates for District-wide Surveys
Schools are engaged with families and communities
  • Teacher Perception of Outreach to Parents
  • Parent Perception of School Engagement
  • Teacher Response Rates for District-wide Surveys
Families are actively involved in children's education
  • Teacher Perception of Teacher-Parent Trust
  • Parent Perception of Barriers for Involvement
  • Parent Report of Interaction with Teacher
  • Parent Report of Interaction with Principal
  • Parent Response Rates for District-wide Surveys
Students succeed academically
  • Graduation Rate (HS Only)
  • Dropout Rate (HS Only)
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • College Enrollment Rate
  • Student Perception of Academic Press
Students are healthy physically, socially and emotionally
  • Dental Exam Status
  • Student Perception of Student Classroom Behavior
  • Student Perception of Teacher-Student Trust
Students live and learn in stable and supportive environments
  • Number of Students with a Misconduct
  • Number of Students in Transitional Living Situations
  • Teacher Perception of Safety
  • Student Perception of Safety
  • Teacher Perception of Program Coherence
  • Teacher Perception of Collective Responsibility
Communities are desirable places to live
  • Crimes in the Surrounding Community
  • Student Perception of Human and Social Resources in the Community
  • Food Insecurity Rate

CSI Meeting the Needs of Family and Community to Improve Student Achievement


Community school partnerships bring together the academic and social supports needed to ensure that all students succeed by offering programs before, during and after the school day for students and their families. The programs are designed to support the school's academic program and expand the services offered within the community. Programs offered at each community school vary, but most community schools in Chicago offer some combination of academic enrichment activities for students, adult education and English as a Second Language classes, student and adult technology training, art activities, recreation and health services.

Parent Engagement Centers
Thanks to the generosity of the Microsoft Corporation and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Parent Engagement Centers (PEC) have been established in 31 community schools across the city.

Our Schools
CSI's vision for community schooling challenges educators to re-think how teachers, families, and communities can work together to support student success. At their best, community schools function like community centers that keep their facilities open beyond the final bell, encourage the use of school resources during evenings and weekends, develop services to support parents and families, and encourage the participation of parents and community partners in planning and on-going evaluation.

Our Partners
CSI emphasizes close partnership between schools and capable community organizations that help schools mobilize and coordinate assets for family support and academic success. In Chicago, the mobilization of community organizations as allies in program development and liaisons to families and neighborhoods is diverse and vigorous.

Parent Engagement Centers


The Community Schools Initiative, in partnership with the Microsoft Corporation and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, has established 31 Parent Engagement Centers (PEC) in an effort to promote parent engagement and to improve student learning. Thanks to the generosity of Microsoft, United Way has granted community school partner organizations with the funding needed to equip the 31 centers with computers and printers.

PEC host schools include: Bass, Burnham, Burroughs, Cameron, Castellanos, Chase , Davis, DePriest, Gallistel, Gompers, Hefferan, Howe, Lavizzo, Leland, Libby, Lloyd, Madero, Marsh, Melody, Mount Vernon, Oglesby, Sherwood, Shields, Sumner, UNO Daniel Zizumbo, UNO Rogers Park, UNO Soccer, W. Smith, Wells, Wentworth, and Whitney.

Each Parent Engagement Center is housed in a Community School, equipped with five to ten desktop computers fully loaded with the latest version of Microsoft Windows and Office, internet access, and additional software. The computers also include Microsoft's Digital Literacy curriculum, available in more than 30 languages. Parents receive training to help them be computer savvy and master basic computer skills. The technology is also used by parents for GED, ESL and other classes.



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