Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership

The Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership (MCSP) is a collective strategy to transform schools into a place where students, families, staff, and the surrounding community can work together to ensure every student is successful.

Community Schools is a proven model to increase a school’s capacity to better engage and align partnerships centered on the self-identified, real-time priorities of schools and communities. Our strategy places the focus on the whole child by providing academic supports, social & emotional learning, health & wellness, family & community engagement, and a safe and supportive climate.

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 What We Do

The Community School model has been implemented across the country showing that authentic engagement and shared leadership combined with the coordinated community partnerships focused on equity can improve educational outcomes, school climate and investment in local neighborhoods. The Cincinnati school district, which has turned every school into a hub of the community, has seen graduation rates rise from 51% to more than 80% while dramatically reducing the achievement gap between black and white students.

Each Community School may use different strategies and activities to improve its school and community, but each share these guiding principles:

  • Shared Leadership that engages multiple voices in decision-making and implementation. A full-time Community School Coordinator that supports continuous communication between all stakeholders in the development of a strategic plan.
  • A focus on Equity to ensure all activities are fair and just so that all can participate, prosper and reach their full potential.
  • Cultural Relevance that builds on the assets of the entire community and responds to the self-identities of students, families, school staff and community members.
  How It Works

Engage: A full-time Community School Coordinator increases capacity of the school to engage multiple stakeholders including community partners, families, staff, students and neighborhood residents

Aspire: Schools collectively identify school and community aspirations and barriers to success by collecting diverse knowledge through Community Conversations, combine with additional school & community data

Prioritize: A site-based Community School Leadership Team analyzes data, develops a shared vision, key priorities and strategic plan through local-decision making

Align: Community partnerships, initiatives and policies are developed and/or aligned to support shared vision and key priorities reflected in School Improvement Plan to ensure collaboration and collective action

 Current MCSP Schools

In partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools, United Way is currently working with eight MCSP Schools:

To learn more or get involved contact us today!

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