(4) TO MEET THESE FIVE BASIC NEEDS, COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS BRINGS COMMUNITY RESOURCES INTO THE SCHOOL SETTING
The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Communities In Schools places a school-based coordinator onsite who identifies and brings together in one place - public schools - the resources and services available in the community that students need to be successful. The result of connecting community resources with both the academic and social service needs of students is improved student achievement. The CIS model includes: Active engagement of a school-based, CIS site coordinatorComprehensive school and student-level needs assessmentCommunity asset assessment and identification of service partnersAnnual school and student-level plans for delivery of prevention and intervention servicesDelivery of appropriate retention and intervention servicesData collection and evaluation for reporting and modification of service strategies
Marshalling community resources for student and teacher support has become an expectation of our Communities in Schools building level coordinators. Thanks to their involvement in the Richmond Community Schools, more teachers can focus more of their efforts on teaching while more of their students can focus more of their efforts on learning.
~ Dr. Allen Bourff, Richmond Community Schools Superintendent