Full Service Community Schools: Three Pilot Site Schools Sought!

The ND Full Service Community Schools (NDFSCS) Consortium, comprised of representatives from PATH, Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative (MDEC), Missouri River Education Cooperative (MREC), and the South East Education Cooperative (SEEC), was awarded funding over the course of 5 years from the U.S. Department of Education to support selected North Dakota schools for the purpose of implementing a Full-Service Community Schools Model.

The goal of the NDFSCS Consortium is to enhance system readiness for future North Dakota schools to become full-service community schools. The Consortium supports schools by facilitating partnerships between schools and communities to provide supports leading to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.

The NDFSCS Consortium is working to develop a Full Service Community Schools (FSCS) ecosystem within North Dakota through the development, adoption, and expansion of the FSCS model in urban, rural, and high-poverty schools across the state, while enhancing pre-service curriculum for future educators. The purpose of this collaboration is long-term sustainability of a paradigm shift within North Dakota’s education sector about the potentiality of schools to serving as community service hubs through the adoption of a FSCS model.

School leaders from Jefferson Elementary (Fargo Public Schools), Mary Stark Elementary (Mandan Public Schools), and Washington Elementary (Minot Public Schools) will work together over the course of the next five years to innovate current support services while serving as NDFSCS Demonstration Sites for additional schools.

The NDFSCS Consortium is currently seeking three FSCS Pilot Schools within the geography of the participating Regional Education Associations (MREC, MDEC, and SEEC). FSCS Pilot Schools commit to partner with the NDFSCS Consortium and NDFSCS Demonstration Site Schools to sustain the four year adoption, implementation, and expansion process.

To read the full details and requirements of the NDFSCS Consortium Letter of Intent to Apply for Pilot Site Designation click here.

For questions, contact Keely Ihry by email (keely.ihry@k12.nd.us) or phone at 701-446-3168.

Full-Service Community Schools Program (FSCS)

The Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) program is re-authorized under Title IV through Community Support for School Success, sections 4621-4623 and 4625 (a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA). This program provides support for the planning, implementation, and operation of full-service community schools that improve the coordination, integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families, particularly for children attending high-poverty schools, including high-poverty rural schools.

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