When you see a community struggling to meet the needs of its school children and the fight to provide resources seems ineffective or misguided, is there an answer? We think so. Implemented with a deep community buy-in, a proven national strategy, a salaried school-level coordinator and a local stakeholder community board, public school communities can take ownership of their schools. The community starts with a set of results they want to achieve, and target their answer based on the resources in the community. The solution exists within the community itself guided by a deep needs assessment of the school. This is a Transformational Community School Model.
Tennessee AROS set out this year to raise the Community Schools IQ across the state. Lead by a coalition of Tennessee non-profits rooted in public school advocacy, SOCM, SPEAK, TEA, TnPTA and TREE they outlined goals for the first part of 2017. Below is a report with an informal Community Schools state audit that tries to connect the dots around some amazing Community Schools efforts across Tennessee, seen through TennAROS goals. With hope, we can continue to break down communication silos between community schools efforts and come together to help our State Department of Education see Transformational Community Schools as a successful, evidence-based approach to school improvement. Download the REPORT BELOW.
The AROS framework collaboratively aligns with the Coalition for Community Schools Standards.
TennAROS available to talk to your school boards, advocacy groups, alderman, city council, church, or other local civic groups to help explain the unique, evidence-based framework AROS advocates for, why we need community schools and how your community might go about creating them or improving the efforts you have already through non-profit partners or FRC's. This solution is community lead. Let us help you get started. Email firstname.lastname@example.org