Newsletter April 2017: CLS advocacy stronger than ever

By UFT Vice President Karen Alford Each year, as the spring unfolds, our educators and our partners direct much of their energy towards helping our students and families successfully complete the term and be well positioned for next year. Our thoughts turn to how we can build on the momentum of the current school year and see it through to the end […]

» Read more

Newsletter Jan/Feb 2017: CLS mission: more imperative than ever

A group of Newark, N.J., educators and government staffers visited PS 18 in the Bronx to see best practices in a community school. Above: PS 18 Assistant Principal Anwar Zindani, center seated; UFT Vice President of Elementary Education Karen Alford, UFT, second from left; and PS 18 Principal Lauren Sewell Walker, standing. (For more information, see story below.)

By UFT Vice President Karen Alford When we launched our NYC Community Learning Schools Initiative, we knew we needed to improve the lives of our children, families, school staff and the surrounding community. We knew we needed to make it a priority to remove persistent barriers to learning so our children and school communities could thrive. Our starting point was […]

» Read more

Newsletter June 2016: Your hard work has paid off

  Your hard work has paid off By UFT Vice President Karen Alford From the moment the school year kicked off last September, the Community Learning Schools team worked on multiple fronts to prioritize academic supports, strengthen our field staff and deepen the initiative’s partnerships. As we moved into the spring, Community Learning Schools (CLS) and UFT staffers, together with […]

» Read more

CLS on the move

Curtis HS students at Howard University.

The NYC Community Learning Schools Initiative is built on close partnerships with nonprofit organizations, public agencies, businesses and community schools networks that all share common goals. Here are some examples of how our partners and government agencies have recently supported our work to the benefit of children and school communities. A resource coordinator’s expanding role Considering the key role that […]

» Read more