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National Recognition for Clark Street School's Innovations in Learning

Getting Smart, a national content platform for innovation education resources, recently highlighted Clark Street Community School for their work in building community partnerships to enrich student learning and provide 'real-world' experiences.

As part of their though leadership campaign, Getting Smart reached out to CSCS to request permission to re-post an article written by Corinne Neil, a CSCS instructor, on the power of youth-adult partnership in transforming both teaching and learning. They noted the innovation of students studying--in collaboration with community organizations--mental health and brain science to understand Alzheimer's and dementia.

With a reach of 4 million page views annually and social media engagement with more than 180,000 followers across various channels, CSCS was thrilled to have Getting Smart re-post Ms. Neil's article under the title Learning Through Community Health Partnerships on their place-based learning blog.

According to Jill Gurtner, CSCS principal, "this is just the beginning of a broader campaign to take our learning at CSCS to schools across the nation. We look forward to continuing to share the approaches and practices of our school to a national audience, and think this acknowledgement by Getting Smart is just the beginning of amplifying our voice in the educational community". Gurtner is often requested as a guest speaker at various professional development forums across the state, and all the staff at CSCS help to facilitate professional development workshops for educators curious about personalized learning, student voice, competency-based assessment, and place-based learning. The requests for CSCS educational leadership is a growing demand.

The CSCS community is excited for Getting Smart's acknowledgement and wants to offer a special thanks to all of the community partners who help to make Clark Street Community School the innovative learning environment that every student deserves.