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Critical Issues Conversations for Community School Leaders

May 8 @ 8:30 am July 7 @ 3:00 pm

The Community Schools Technical Assistance Center at Fordham University’s Center for Educational Partnerships invites principals, community school directors, parent coordinators, and all involved in the Community School strategy to…..

Critical Issues Conversations for Community School Leaders

Please see description below, and sign-up for any of the following dates: 

The four pillars of the community schools strategy are: integrated student supports; expanded learning time and opportunities; family and community engagement; and collaborative leadership and practices. While these concepts are consistently demonstrated in community schools, how they are lived out day-to-day can vary from district to district and from school to school. As practitioners in the field, you are the experts in providing the perspective, experience, and sharing demonstrated success in how these pillars are embedded in your school’s programs. With a strong orientation towards the academic success of your students, we invite you to join us for a day of learning, sharing, and networking that will provide you with actionable resources to bring back to your school.


Join us for a day of professional conversation facilitated by experienced school leaders who will engage you in critical thinking and active participation. This unique opportunity will allow the participants to lead the learning in a truly collaborative way. Planned topics for this first round of Critical Issues Conversations will include:

  • Collaborative leadership
  • Parental engagement
  • Relating the community school strategy to the classroom
    …..and a brief overview of the newly-created, state-funded Community Schools Technical Assistance Center at Fordham University!

These regional conferences will take place in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens in May and are open to participants from across the City and State!

The Community Schools Technical Assistance Center (CSTAC) at Fordham University serves the five boroughs of New York City which cover the NYS Regents Judicial Districts 1 (New York County), 2 (Kings County), 11 (Queens County), 12 (Bronx County), and 13 (Richmond County). The Fordham CSTAC has established  goals to:

  • Provide professional development that builds capacity for promoting academic outcomes, health services, and related resources with an orientation towards greater student achievement.
  • Provide technical assistance that supports school communities to focus on the needs of the whole child, their families, and the larger community.
  • Help existing community schools and assist aspiring schools in advancing their ongoing development in the community school strategy and the Four Pillars.


For additional information about this session or any topic of concern related to community schools, please contact cstac@fordham.edu or call our Fordham CSTAC Help Desk at 212-636-6100. We are here to help you help your students and families!