- Posted on 05/14/2014
Each spring, graduation marks a milestone in students’ lives: a recognition of discipline, endurance, achievement and of overcoming obstacles. For some students, the challenges are more than just academic.
For more than 35 years, Communities In Schools (CIS) has been committed to both lowering dropout rates and increasing graduation rates. While other programs focus exclusively on academic needs, CIS is dedicated to the whole child, beyond the classroom. Whether a student needs a ride to school, mental health services or a much-needed meal, CIS connects them to administrators, staff and volunteers positioned to provide resources and services in order to help students stay in school and, ultimately, walk across the stage at their graduation. Thanks to CIS, there will be even more kids in caps and gowns this year, and each year forward.
The Communities In Schools national office released today the consolidated national impact of the CIS network. The data reported in this brief highlights the effectiveness of CIS’s model of integrated student supports during the 2012 – 2013 school year. Click here to view the full report.
Communities In Schools of Greater New Orleans Announces Contribution Towards Improvement in Graduation Rates in New Report Released TodayPosted on 05/14/2014
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As kids around the country are graduating, Communities In Schools of Greater New Orleans – part of the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life – today released a report demonstrating the organization’s impact on reducing dropout rates. The report was released as part of a national public awareness campaign featuring young people from around the country who have graduated from high school as a result of their involvement with Communities In Schools.
“Communities In Schools epitomizes the burning desire we all have to work together to help solve the problems our communities face. At the heart of any successful strategy is the need to insure that our children grow into educated, compassionate adults,” said Sara Massey, President of Communities In Schools of Greater New Orleans, in the new report, entitled Changing the Picture of Education in Greater New Orleans. “Because we are focused on solutions, we have the time to cultivate the resources, both local and national, that we can connect to that student and their family to help them overcome the obstacles. We bring the efficiency and expertise to solving problems so that school leaders can relieve teachers of this burden and focus on what they are good at- teaching.”
Every 26 seconds, a young person in America drops out of school. When students drop out, they are more likely to end up in poverty, suffer poor health, be dependent on social services, enter the criminal justice system and cost the U.S. billions of dollars each year in lost revenue and increased spending on government assistance programs. To change the picture in New Orleans, Communities In Schools is serving approximately 4500 students on 12 campuses this year, working hand in hand with schools, communities, partner organizations and families to surround students with a strong network of support.
According to the new report, Communities In Schools of Greater New Orleans achieved the following during the 2012-13 school year:
• Two elementary schools, four combined elementary/ middle schools and five high schools were served.
• Approximately 3,575 students were served by Communities In Schools of Greater New Orleans; 2411 of students received Level One supports (school-wide prevention services) and 1,164 of students received Level Two supports (targeted and sustained interventions).
• 80 percent of the students in grades K-11 who received targeted and sustained interventions (and for whom data were available) were promoted to the next grade.
The report also features interviews with Ms. Kevin Planchet, CIS Site Coordinator and Ms. Kelsey Lambrecht, a high school teacher working in a CIS school.
To raise awareness about Communities In Schools, a public awareness campaign is running nationwide, featuring short videos by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris and photos by renowned photographer David Harriman. These videos and images are online at communitiesinschools.org
Changing the Picture of Education in Greater New Orleans is one of more than two dozen Communities In Schools reports being released around the country today in time for graduations.
Click here to view the full report.
- Posted on 05/07/2014
More kids will be surrounded with a community of support as a result of the outstanding response by friends and family of CIS. The Greater New Orleans Foundation led the community's first participation in the national Give Local campaign held in more than 75 cities on May 6. GNOF's efforts led to more than $2.2 million being raised for 309 nonprofits. CIS of Greater New Orleans was supported by 92 donors giving more than $42,000 through the GiveNOLA website or with checks that day. Officially, that placed CIS 9th among all organizations. On behalf of the 4500 students we are helping this year, thanks to the donors on this list!
- Posted on 05/01/2014
CIS seeks a dynamic leader to join our team and lead the expansion of our CIS Mentoring Program! With two more years of funding committed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, CIS will seek to add 100 more mentoring relationship over the next two years. Go to the "Get Involved" page and then "Careers" to learn how to indicate your interest in joining the CIS team in this exciting capacity!
- Posted on 02/25/2014
Today, Child Trends, a national research nonprofit, released a new report affirming the effectiveness and cost efficiency of integrated student supports (ISS) programs like Communities In Schools (CIS) in improving education outcomes. These programs target both academic and non-academic barriers to achievement by identifying individual student needs and mobilizing community resources to meet them.
“As the largest ISS provider in the Greater New Orleans area, we are very pleased to see that our student-centric program continues to prove effective in reducing dropout rates across the region,” said Sara Massey, president of Communities In Schools of Greater New Orleans. “Our students have experienced firsthand the benefits of an integrated model, and it is important that state lawmakers address barriers to learning both inside and outside the classroom.”
Key findings from Child Trends’ latest report, Integrated Student Supports: The Evidence, include:
• ISS programs increase math achievement and student attendance and lower dropout rates;
• Student-centric programs that focus on all aspects of students’ needs, both academic and non-academic, are more likely to be successful than ones that focus on single factors in isolation;
• ISS programs are cost effective and yield a positive return on investment ranging from $4.39 to $14.80; and,
• High-quality implementation is key to the effectiveness of these programs, while low-quality or partial implementation shows lower or no difference at all in effectiveness.
The Report can be accessed by clicking below.