Re-Imagining Education in the City of Flint
Flint’s Community Education Initiative is a community-wide system of support for students and families. A collaborative of organizations are working together to establish schools in the Flint Community Schools district as neighborhood hubs, helping to create stronger families, healthier neighborhoods, higher performing schools and higher rates of student academic achievement and success. Learn more about Flint’s Community Education Initiative and how to get involved in the videos below!
The Community Education Initiative Collaborative
In 2013, leaders in the Flint schools and throughout the community came together to re-imagine education in the city of Flint. The collaborative developed a strategic Community Schools plan around phasing in, scaling up and sustaining a district-wide community schools initiative with the assistance of the National Center for Community Schools. The Crim Fitness Foundation was selected to lead agency to establish the Community Education Initiative. Brownell/Holmes STEM academies was selected as the pilot site for the 2014-2015 school year.
What is a Community School?
- Both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources.
- An integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement
- Personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and problem-solving.
- A Community School is the center of the community and is open to everyone – all day, every day, evenings and weekends.
What is the impact of a Community School?
Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. According to the National Center for Community Schools, partners work to achieve these results:
- Children are ready to enter school; students attend school consistently;
- Students are actively involved in learning and their community;
- Families are increasingly involved with their children’s education;
- Schools are engaged with families and communities;
- Students succeed academically;
- Students are healthy – physically, socially, and emotionally;
- Students live and learn in a safe, supportive, and stable environment, and communities are desirable places to live.
What needs are being addressed?
- Community Engagement
- Sports & Physical Activity
- Nutrition Education
- Garden Education
- Health care Services
- Afterschool Programming
Needs vary from school to school. Community and public engagement will take place before programs and projects are implemented in schools.
Goals for CEI in the Flint Community Schools:
- Increase attendance
- Improve third grade reading levels
- Improve graduation rates and grade promotion
- Increase community engagement