The Community Schools Model
UNITING COMMUNITIES, ELIMINATING BARRIERS, TRANSFORMING LIVES
Miamon Queeglay is an expert in and advocate for the community schools model, which brings community resources together to eliminate barriers to learning and ensure all students are socially, mentally, and physically prepared for an ever-changing world.
Schools alone cannot provide all the services needed by historically under-served students. Districts utilizing the community schools model create partnerships with community organizations to provide educational, enrichment and support services to students and families so that children can be safe and stable in school, at home, and in the community. These community partnerships help serve the whole child, including:
before- and after-school programs;
mental, medical and dental services;
academic supports; and
family resource centers.
By engaging community partners, the community schools model strives to support the academic, social and emotional, and physical development of students and families, empowering them to become caring and responsible citizens at home and in the world.
The community schools model is a holistic approach to the education and the well-being of students, families, and the community.
The four pillars that set community schools apart from traditional schools are:
1) wrap-around services,
2) extended day learning,
3) collaborative leadership, and
4) community engagement.