The New York City Regional Community Schools Technical Assistance Center at Fordham University – working closely with the New York City Department of Education – continues to prepare schools that are embracing the community school strategy for September 2019. In this month’s technical assistance activity, the focus turned to a review of the site reports generated from the Asset and Needs Assessment as well as identifying the initial steps to having a Community School Forum.
For new schools, the Community School Forum is a key opportunity and essential event for stakeholder buy-in to the community school strategy. Held at the local level, the school invites all parents and family members, school staff, and community stakeholders to participate in a launch of the school’s process to evolve into a full-service, community school. The agenda includes an update from the school leadership, plans for the implementation of the model, and what the vision for the community school will be based upon its local determinations (as identified by the Asset and Needs Assessment and translated into a plan of action). It is also a wonderful chance for all involved to participate in discussions that ensure the needs of the community are met.
In working with the NYCDOE’s Office of Community Schools, a relationship has been forged with the district’s Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE). As the city-wide office supporting all schools to ensure that parents and families are key participants in their child(ren)’s education, FACE supports the school communities in many ways, including the holding of the Community School Forum.
For additional information on parental empowerment in the New York City region, you may contact the Community Schools Technical Assistance Center at Fordham University at 212-636-6100 or email@example.com. You may also visit the NYCDOE Community School’s page on the subject.