This project is based on the results achieved within three projects, which have been implemented in 2007-2008, in 2009-2010 and 2011 – 2013 by Ukrainian Step by Step Foundation in partnership with Nova Skola and the Association of organization development’s consultants (Czech Republic), Step by Step Educational Program (Moldova), Krasnoyarsk Center for Community Partnership (Russia), ContinYou and C E Jones Associates Ltd. (UK), Center for Community Dialogues and Initiatives (Armenia), International Association “Interactive Open Schools” (Bosnia and Herzegovina), “Life Long Learning Education” NGO (Kazakhstan), and Csaba Lorinczi as an international consultant on Community School development. The projects have been supported by Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and international conferences by the East-East Program of Open Society Foundation.
The project “Community School Quality Partnership: Developing the Tool” became the first international project developed and implemented during 2007-2008 by USSF in partnership with Nova Skola (Czech Republic), Step by Step Educational Program (Moldova), Krasnoyarsk Center for Community Partnership (Russia), ContinYou (UK), and Csaba Lorinczi as an international consultant on Community School development due to support of Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The major results of the project were the development of the International Standards for Community Schools: Self-Assessment Tool and testing the Tool based on 18 schools in the partners` countries. It was expected the International Standards would help community schools in the countries of Eastern and Central Europe, and former Soviet Union become more effective by incorporating the elements of Community Schools so that they can play their part as change agents in community development and educating the students as active members of their communities and the societies at large. While including some common criteria of quality, which should be the same for all community schools, the Tool is flexible enough to meet the needs and priorities of all countries participating in the projects.
The General goal of the project is to provide more responsive approach to wider auditory than schools in disseminating community schools development on local and international level by Core Team through offering the tools and professional services in developing Community Schools approach and practice according to the International Standards for Community Schools.
Important aspect of this project it to demonstrate that Community school help in removing the barriers to student’s learning, and to define indicators that evidence these qualitative results. e.g. existing research shows that parent engagement into students learning process or a higher rate of school attendance by both teachers and pupils is related to student’s higher attainment.