Community Schools Roles

The Community School Coordinator has six primary responsibilities:

  1. Facilitates the coordination of school and community resources based on the assets and needs of the school, students, families, and community

  2. Works hand-in-hand with a supportive principal and is a member of the school leadership team

  3. Builds relationships with school staff and community partners

  4. Engages families and community residents in the life of the school

  5. Coordinates an efficient delivery of supports to students both inside and outside the classroom

  6. Uses data on academic and non-academic factors to drive the work for a community school

Integrated Student Supports

  • Takes the lead on all referrals, connecting students and families to appropriate resources and following up with families (CPS, mental health, dental, vision, crisis support, etc.

  • Coordinates events and programs that support student needs 

  • Communicates regularly with school staff on available resources and trends in referrals

  • Communicates with families regularly regarding availability of resources


Active Family and Community Engagement

  • Identifies and coordinates with community partners to bring identified classes, workshops, and events for families to the school

  • Supports or leads volunteer/engagement opportunities for community partners within the school community

  • Communicates in a variety of interactive ways to reach all families

  • Meets families where they are, including home visits and parent-teacher conferences

Expanded and Enriched Learning Time and Opportunities

  • Communicates opportunities to families in a way that is accessible to them

  • Coordinates mentoring and tutoring, and after-school club opportunities

  • Removes barriers to participation for students

  • Assists with small group social emotional support, SEL lessons and PBIS supports

  • Assists families with out of school time activities and enrollment

  • Provides career exploration opportunities


Collaborative Leadership and Practices

  • Serves on PBIS, SEL, Child Study, Strategic Planning and other character education building initiative teams

  • Identifies school needs and communicate them with Community Partners

  • Provides leadership for CSLT

  • Provides formal and  informal staff development and training 

  • Provides school staff wellness support and resources

  • Provides resources and information to school staff

Community School Leadership Team

The Community School Leadership Team is an essential component of a community school.  It is designed to engage invested stakeholders to focus their resources and energy where the school needs them most, using data to drive the work, and more specifically around the areas of academics, attendance, behavior, and family engagement.



  • Community School Coordinator
  • Partners (faith-based organizations, non-profits, business leaders, mental health providers, etc.)
  • Family members and parent organization leaders
  • Student (potentially)
  • Teacher (potentially),
  • DHHS P2P Worker,
  • Health Aid or School Nurse,
  • School support staff


Monthly meetings held at the school or a nearby location, led by the Community School Coordinator

  • Present school needs and opportunities for strategic partner engagement
  • Collaborative problem solving
  • Share out school improvements and celebrations
  • Receive updates from community partners