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.
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 >