The CLC Initiative was established in 2006 by the Secteur Services la communauté Anglophone of the Quebec Ministry of Education to help English schools build partnerships in their communities. CLC Schools have a dual role in Quebec: supporting student success and contributing to the vitality of English-speaking communities. In CLC Schools, a dedicated community development agent (CDA) works closely with their school principal(s) and staff to establish mutually beneficial partnerships with community-based organizations, municipalities, local businesses, families, and community members. These partnerships result in support to community and school improvement through enhanced access to recreational, educational, social, and cultural opportunities for youth, families, and the English-speaking community at large.
Funded through the Canada-Quebec Agreement for Minority Language Education and Second Language Instruction, the CLC Initiative was launched in 15 schools and adult centres. Today the network has expanded to include more than 80 schools and adult education/vocational centres, located in urban, rural, and remote communities across the province. CLC school teams are supported by LEARNs Provincial Resource Team (PRT), providing coaching, mentoring, capacity-building, and professional development training.
Based on the recognition that it takes a village to raise a child, the community school movement has been growing in Europe, Australia, the USA, and Canada over the past 15 years. Community schools are a strategy, not a program. They are both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, services, supports, and opportunities leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Schools become centers of the community, open to everyone, they transform schools and communities.
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