Welcome to the new Center for Community School Strategies, recently launched from the TACSI Resource Center, now serving all Oklahoma and regional schools as a partner of the National Center for Community Schools.

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Our Mission

Through consultation, training and advocacy, we help schools, districts and stakeholders implement Community School strategies to create welcoming community hubs which engage, support and strengthen students, families and neighborhoods. Learn More >

Community Schools

A Community School is the center of the community that brings together academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leading to improved learning, stronger families, and healthier communities. Learn More > 





What’s New

our Latest Newsletter

November 2016  David Kirp, writer for the New York Times, Professor of Public Policy at University of California Berkeley, and author of many books including Kids First and The Sandbox Investment, visited Tulsa on Nov. 2. During his visit, he toured McAuliffe Elementary, a full-service Community School in Union Public Schools. Additionally, Mr. Kirp spent time with leadership from the Center for Community School Strategies and Union Public Schools to learn more about Community School work in Tulsa.

November 2016 Center staff member Christina Starzl Mendoza has accepted the position of Assistant to the Mayor for Community Development and Policy. Christina will be assisting Mayor G.T. Bynum beginning January 2017 on engagement and policy development with Tulsa’s Hispanic Community. Read the article in Tulsa World >

August 2016 TRAUMA TRAINING: The Center organized “Understanding Trauma and its Effect on the Classroom” in partnership with CSC’s Center for Behavioral Health, drawing over 120 participants across seven school districts and several community organizations.

August 2016 SUMMER TRANSITION CAMPS held at three Union schools with over 60 children and families in attendance. Power of Families Project promotoras conducted developmental screenings through Sprouts Child Development Initiative to support the transition into school environments.


Why Community Schools?

Community Schools build relationships and environments that link teaching and learning with services, supports and opportunities developed through family and community partnerships that are critical to helping children fulfill their potential in school and life. Community Schools Video > 

Our Work in the National Context

There are approximately 5,000 Community Schools and 100 initiatives advancing Community Schools in the U.S. To support this growing movement, we serve as an affiliate partner with the National Center for Community Schools of the Children’s Aid Society in New York City, and as leaders in the Coalition for Community Schools of the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.