EVENT ADVISORY: Experts to Discuss Combatting Concentrated Poverty by Scaling Community Schools Systems

Washington, D.C. — Basketball star LeBron James just launched a new public school in Akron, Ohio, promising an on-site food bank, job placement assistance for parents, free breakfast and lunch, and support for students with chronic stress—in addition to free college and accelerated academic support. While billed as an exciting new approach to educating underserved youth, the school employs a long-standing and growing strategy called community schools.

On Tuesday, August 14, the Center for American Progress will hold a convening, called Building Systems for Student Success, to explore strategies for scaling the community schools model, which leverage community resources and provide supports that go beyond academic instruction to students and families. This innovative approach has reduced chronic absenteeism, raised student achievement, and helped families find stable housing, food, and medical assistance.


Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D)

Featured panelists:
Dale Erquiaga, President and CEO, Communities In Schools
José Muñoz, Director, Coalition for Community Schools
Jeannie Oakes, Senior Fellow, Learning Policy Institute

Abel McDaniels, Research Associate, Center for American Progress


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

To RSVP, please click here.

For more information or to speak with an expert, please contact Colin Seeberger at cseeberger@americanprogress.org or 202.741.6292.