Leverage National Service in Your School

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Dear National Service Colleagues,

We are excited to share this new toolkit for school superintendents, principals, and other education stakeholders about using national service to strengthen education.  More than half of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) investments focus on education, which means Senior Corps and AmeriCorps programs play a crucial role in improving student achievement and success.  We encourage you to share this email with education officials you work with on the state and local level.

Superintendent/Prinicpal's Toolkit resource graphic

New Superintendent's/Principal's Toolkit on Using National Service to Strengthen Schools and Student Success

Educators, do you wish you had resources to:

  • Provide one-on-one tutoring to students to increase academic achievement?
  • Mentor students to improve attendance and graduation rates?
  • Work with community partners to develop after-school or summer programs?
  • Advise students on applying for financial aid for college?
  • Help support your implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act?
  • Conduct fundraising and outreach?
  • Create a pipeline of future teachers?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, check out the new Toolkit and start leveraging national service in your schools.  The toolkit has useful information for state and local officials as well as other education stakeholders.

The toolkit helps you determine your school's needs, find the right national service program, and apply for the resources that best fit your school or district.

Determine needs, select program, find a partnership

The new toolkit also includes examples of how school districts and states across the country are utilizing national service. See Appendix A of the toolkit.

Each year 90,000 trained AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers provide in-school and after-school support to at-risk youth.  With federal funding from CNCS, schools across the country are using this proven source of human capital to help students succeed in school and fulfill their potential after graduation.

Almost 12,000 schools across the country are leveraging national service programs to meet local needs including kindergarten readiness, third grade literacy, attendance improvement, support for low-performing schools, and on-time graduation.  Learn more from our CNCS education overview "National Service Strengthens Education," and on our Education webpage.

AmeriCorps member reading to young girl

"AmeriCorps members play an integral part in our school support network.  They serve as relatable mentors and role models for our students, and much-needed staff assistance.  They interface seamlessly with teachers, families, and other community partners, helping to create a positive and responsive culture in our schools." -Christopher N. Maher, Superintendent, Providence Public School District

Senior Corps volunteer reads to child

"AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs are providing vital support to students across Minnesota.  From kindergarten readiness and reading well by third grade, to high school graduation and college success, national service is a cost-effective strategy that is making a big difference in our state." -Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education

In Service,

Corporation for National and Community Service