Core Team

The Core Team includes representatives of partners` organizations – national NGOs. It was created in 2007 within the first partnership project “Community School Quality Partnership: Developing the Tool” and included representatives of NGOs from Czech Republic, Moldova, Russia, United Kingdom, Ukraine and Csaba Lorinczi as an international consultant on Community School development. During the second project in 2009-2010, the Core Team was extended to Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kazakhstan representatives. Core Team is the decision making body within this project.

International Standards for Community Schools: Self-Assessment Tool  (a Tool, International Standards) – a self-assessment tool, which was developed by the Core Team in 2007 and piloted in 80 community schools in 8 countries (Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, United Kingdom and Ukraine) in 2009-2010. The tool is developed around 9 standards, which include indicators and examples of the best practices of community schools. In this proposal such terms are used as “International Standards” and “Tool” as the shorter name for it.

National coordinators – representatives of NGOs (Directors of NGOs or Program Coordinators) promoting Community School Programs in the countries that participate within the project.

Facilitators – facilitate the process of self-assessment made by the community school team according to the International Standards for Community Schools and development School Improvement Plans based on the results of the self-assessment. Facilitators could represent the school members or other external people – trainers, etc who are trained on International Standards for Community Schools.

Trainers – trainers provide training on Community School Program around different topics. They can be members of Core Team or members of partner NGOs on national level.

Case studies – are positive examples on how community schools tackle one of the issues around one of the International Standards. Each partner organization accepted to create minimum one case study based on the practice they have in own country (community schools) with the special focus on the impact of the International Standards on the effectiveness of the community schools. Final product was the Case Study manual as a proof of qualitative evaluation and the resource for the national NGOs – partners of the project.

International Centre of Excellence for Community Schools – ICECS has been established as one of the results of the first international project “Community School Quality Partnership: Developing the Tool” in 2009 due to the financial support of Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The aim of the Centre is to build a worldwide network around community schools so that practitioners and policy makers can learn from each other – and to build on the impetus for community schools that we see flourishing all around the world. The Centre is being incubated by ContinYou organization (UK).