To advance community schooling, our research-practice partnerships generate a variety of publications and related artifacts, including research briefs and reports, infographics, dashboards, frameworks, assessments, dissertations, videos, podcasts, and conference presentations co-authored by researchers and practitioners. These publications and artifacts are organized below by the four community school pillars to facilitate learning and inform the work of other community schools. We also produce annual reports that capture the progress of each school using core practice narratives and dashboard indicators. 

RPP Artifacts

Pillar One: Collaborative Leadership

Collaborative Leadership as the Cornerstone of Community Schools report cover photo

Collaborative leadership and practices enable schools and partners to work together to strengthen and expand the curriculum; respond to the needs and assets of the community; and democratize leadership and power.  The UCLA Center for Community Schooling supports the development of and engages in democratic spaces that build on the assets of all members through collaborative leadership. These spaces include committees, governing boards, leadership teams, working groups, and other collaborative structures that make decisions and plan actions that advance justice and education. We also facilitate the engagement of critical partners including our UCLA colleagues.


Pillar Two: Integrated Student Supports

Integrated student supports can help students succeed by meeting academic, physical, social-emotional, and mental health needs. The UCLA Center for Community Schooling studies and supports the integration of a range of health, mental health and social services that benefit young people and their families. We work to redistribute access to critical resources for low-income students of color who have been historically marginalized in our education system by mobilizing resources including access to legal services, health care, trauma-informed mental health care,  family support and education, nutrition services, academic support services, and mentorship.


Pillar Three: Family and Community Engagement

Community schools engage family and community members by establishing a positive, welcoming, culturally-sustaining school climate with multiple opportunities for participation including collaborative decision-making, and programming that builds on community assets, interests and needs. School staff, family and community members are partners in supporting students’  learning, fostering engagement and strategic goals. The engagement of families and communities contributes to the establishment of community schools as democratic spaces.


Pillar Four: Expanded and Enriched Learning Time and Opportunities

Expanded and enriched learning time and opportunities are essential in ensuring that all students, in particular those who have been historically marginalized in our education system, have access to a range of  learning experiences that support students’ academic, social, emotional, and physical growth. In addition to supporting rich, student-focused and community-based classroom instruction that builds on the assets of students, families and teachers, community schools collaborate with partners to provide learning activities during out-of-school time and summer.