MPUSD district leaders collaborated with Community Schools Learning Exchange at the district services center on Canyon Del Rey in Monterey.
On Thursday, July 21, a group of educators from schools in Seaside and district leaders participated in an introductory planning session led by MPUSD College, Career and Educational Partnerships Director Carli Peck. The session was held in partnership with Community Schools Learning Exchange (CSLX), a California-based non-profit affiliated with Community Initiatives.
The effort is funded through a grant from the California Department of Education (CDE). In May, MPUSD became one of 192 school districts to receive $200,000 to develop a 'community school' plan over the next two years.
CSLX defines a 'community school' as one that provides a school improvement strategy by working with teachers, students, families, community agencies and local government to "align community resources behind improving student outcomes."
Through the planning process, educators are encouraged to re-envision how schools can take a 'whole child' approach to ensure public education is equitable and effective for all students.
According to CDE, this grant effort is the first time the state of California has launched a statewide effort to give school districts funding and support for the development of community schools.