Two New Studies Shed Light on Back-to-School Challenges for Low-Income Families

Nation’s Leading Dropout Prevention Organization to Host School Supply Drives Across the Country to “Level the Playing Field” Arlington, Va. – According to the latest “backpack index” released by Huntington Bank today, the cost of equipping K-12 public school students for the 2014-2015 school year has jumped as much as 20 percent, one of the […]

It Takes a Community to Get Students Through Graduation

By Susan Richards, state director, Communities In Schools of Washington With graduation season behind us, thousands of high school seniors statewide are embarking on the next chapter of their lives with a diploma in hand. But what about all those kids who didn’t graduate with their class? The kids who slipped behind or gave up […]

CIS President Pens Article for Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Spring 2014 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review includes an article by Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali in a special supplement, Smarter Philanthropy for Greater Impact: Rethinking How Grantmakers Support Scale. This supplement includes eleven professional perspectives on “scaling what works”—what it means, what it takes to do it right, and what needs […]

New CIS Video Spotlights Power of Partnerships

In 2013, Communities In Schools partnered with more than 375 school districts nationwide, including 14 in Washington state. In this four-minute video you will hear firsthand from school superintendents, principals and educators about how the work of Communities In Schools site coordinators transforms schools and communities across the nation.    

New PSA Gives :30 Peek Into Communities In Schools

Though it is a challenge to convey the depth of Communities In Schools’ services in 30 seconds, this half minute of highlights offers a quick overview of how the dropout prevention organization is working to help struggling students succeed in school. The CIS of Washington public service announcement features footage of Communities In Schools of […]

Communities In Schools to Participate in First-Ever AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY September 22, 2012

Multi-platform Event Features Local and National Programming, Partners, and Celebrities Focused on Improving High School Graduation Rates in America New York, NY, –Communities In Schools announced today that it will be one of more than 20 organizations  across the country participating in American Graduate Day on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Presented by WNET New York […]

The Gift of Connection

This post from Dan Cardinali, president of Communities In Schools, originally appeared in The Huffington Post on June 1, 2012. Bill Milliken’s feet sat comfortably atop his desk as we chatted that sunny September afternoon in 1999. It was the last of eight interviews and I was more fatigued than anything else as he began […]

No Cape, but a “Hero” Nonetheless: Xaila Lewis, Rainier Beach High School

They don’t have capes or secret identities. They can’t leap tall buildings or fly. But their hard work and unrelenting passion to help others gives them the power to save the lives of thousands of children across America every day. By providing encouragement, academic support and community resources, these men and women, along with 5,000 […]

MetLife Teacher Survey Shows Increasing Need for Community Support in Schools

Communities In Schools National weighs in on MetLife’s “Survey of the American Teacher Report.” When 64 percent of teachers report students and families needing increased health and social support services, and 35 percent reporting more students coming to school hungry, the importance of bringing in community services in a targeted, integrated way becomes even clearer. […]