Our kickoff regional networking and professional development at Binghamton University was a huge success! Over 100 attendees from our region’s school districts, higher education, county departments of mental health, and other cross-sector partners had the opportunity to learn more about community schools.

Dr. Liz Anderson, Director of the Central/Western NY Community Schools TAC networks with participants from Say Yes to Buffalo

Mr. Anibal Soler, Associate Superintendent, Buffalo Public Schools shares information about the district’s education bargain with students and parents

One take-away from the event is that people in a variety of roles across sectors are eager to connect with each other and network together around community schools!

We have three more regional events coming up in May. So, don’t forget to register! For more information on registering for our events and webinars, visit here.

Need professional and targeted assistance in implementing the community school strategy? Email us at cstac@binghamton.edu and find out how we can support you!

Community Schools in Action

We had exciting opportunities this month to visit with Buffalo, Hancock, Harpursville, Lyons and Rochester City School Districts as well present to Building Brighter Futures for Broome, the Board of Education at Clyde-Savannah and Jefferson-Lewis BOCES superintendents. Other highlights from this month include attending a Wayne County Partnership meeting with Mr. Jay Roscup, participating in a MTSS training with Dr. James McDougal from SUNY Oswego and Boston Public Schools, and reviewing data tools with Dr. John Sipple at Cornell.

Be sure to check out the link below to learn how John and his team at the New York State Center for Rural Schools at Cornell will be partnering with scholars from Harvard and Dartmouth to tackle rural schools’ challenges with The National Center for Rural Education Research Networks (NCRERN).


We also had the absolute pleasure of spending two days visiting Buffalo’s community schools  and meeting with the Buffalo Public Schools Associate Superintendent, Mr. Anibal Soler, and the BPS and Say Yes to Buffalo team.

Meeting with South Park High School Principal Theresa Schuta, school staff, and Say Yes to Buffalo partners.

Buffalo Public Schools strong partnership with Say Yes to Buffalo brings an array of valuable programs and services to children and families through their community schools model. More about their innovative model and our amazing visit with BPS in our next newsletter!


The Rome City School District has a strong partnership with their community partner, Rome Alliance for Education, for ensuring community schools implementation and services for children, families, and community members.

Meeting with Peter Blake, Superintendent -Rome City Schools; Amanda Jones, Director of Counseling Services – Rome City Schools; Melissa Roys, Executive Director -Rome Alliance for Education, Rome Community Schools Initiative; Jeff Winthal, Evaluator, Central/Western Regional Community Schools TAC.

To see what Rome Community Schools are doing, read more here.

Your Community School Story Featured. Do you have a community school story that you would like featured in our e-newsletter that is shared statewide? Email Liz Anderson at cstac@binghamton.edu or call 607-777-3890.