The ETAC (Eastern Region Technical Assistance Center) recently executed two regional meetings in the Hudson Valley and Capital regions in January, and were joined by Chancellor Rosa and Regent Johnson at the Hudson Valley Regional meeting. It was super exciting to see teams of school district administrators eager to learn about the community schools strategy and sign up for site visits so they can begin developing the community school strategy in their schools, and to assist school leaders build upon their existing strengths in executing the strategy.
We will host two regional meetings and several webinars in March and April. To learn more about these exciting events and how you can sign up, please visit the Eastern NY TAC page. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page!
We are eager to conduct site visits to school districts in Dutchess, Sullivan, Schoharie, and Albany counties in February and March. In April, we will be headed to North Country to conduct a few more visits. If you are interested in a site visit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rockland 21C is home to the Eastern Region Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) for community schools and for 22 years has been the home of the Community Schools strategy Yale Schools of the 21st Century that “links communities, families, and schools” together to ensure the optimal development of children in Rockland County, New York. At the start, Rockland County had the distinction of being the first county in the United States to initiate a countywide Community Schools strategy for school-based and school-linked services. Rockland 21C is comprised of Rockland’s eight (8) school districts, Rockland Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), child-centered organizations, after-school programs, youth development, teacher centers, colleges, government and business leaders, and public and private agencies, including: social service organizations, health and mental health organizations, faith communities, and libraries. Rockland 21C boasts 46 schools (83% of Rockland schools) operating the 21C model.
Rockland County government has been a longtime partner of Rockland 21C, providing significant and stable funding to the organization. It has imbued Rockland 21C’s operation of the Yale Schools of the 21st Century Community Schools model with credibility and opened important doors since 21C’s early years.
Recently, through strategic planning meetings, a plan emerged for Rockland 21C to develop a Community Schools Cooperative Service (CS CoSer) on behalf of Rockland BOCES. Rockland 21C drafted the application for Rockland BOCES and NYSED approved it in August 2017. The Community Schools CoSer is the first of its kind and represents a strategy to organize resources so that academics, social and emotional needs, and medical and dental services and supports are integrated into the fabric of schools, all of which help remove obstacles to learning and serve the needs of the whole child. Rockland 21C provides oversight and coordinates services of the Community Schools CoSer. The Community Schools CoSer is a funding strategy to support, in part, the community schools strategy. It is by no means a way to fully finance the strategy. Please check out the webinar to learn more about the Community Schools CoSer.