Racial Equity Resource Guide


Communities In Schools

Arlington, VA

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and succeed in life. Through a school-based site coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources tailored to local needs.Working in nearly 3,000 schools within the most challenged communities, and located in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves more than 1.3 million young people and their families.

Through an online curriculum and network engagement, the Communities in Schools Racial Equity Initiative builds awareness of the structural racism framework as it impacts the achievement gap of the students of color who are served. The curriculum, entitled Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps Using the Communities In Schools Model, includes a participant guide, trainer guide and accompanying PowerPoint as tools that build knowledge and skills, and it incorporates best practices of closing the achievement gap using the structural racism framework. The curriculum has launched as an online, interactive course for its Site Coordinator Certification Program. The use of this online knowledge management and its YouTube race equity channel help to reach more than 5,000 professionals and 53,000 volunteers about Communities In Schools’ racial equity work.

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