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Center for Community Schools


Center for Community Schools

The Center for Community Schools (CCS) is an interdisciplinary center of research, development, consultation, technical assistance, and professional education. CCS provides these services through the development of partnerships between schools and communities while promoting education as a community-wide endeavor. The center is the administrative home and incubator for community education initiatives, demonstration projects and related grants.

The center sees communities as comprehensive sites for PK-adult education, with schools at the heart of social, cultural, health, and economic networks that improve and enrich learning. CCS recognizes that education is not confined to formal schooling but is widespread in community organizations and neighborhoods, and that schools cannot carry out their missions without investing in the community around them and enlisting its help. CCS promotes community schools as educating, empowering and serving all members of the community.

Get Connected and Involved with the Center for Community Schools

The Center for Community Schools (CCS) is a university and community resource. We are looking for volunteers to help with center projects and programs and to attend our events and take advantage of what we have to offer. 

If you want to join our email list to be informed of upcoming events and programs, or would like to volunteer, please contact Claire Crane, 978.542.6019. 

You can support the CCS by making your gift online or by mailing your check, made payable to the SSU Foundation/CCS. We are thankful for the generosity of our donors whose thoughtful contributions provide the funding needed to sustain, expand and enhance the programs and resources of the center. 

Faculty and Staff Projects

Faculty, staff and associates of the center engage in projects that link community resources to educational needs and evaluate the factors that affect their success. Among the work that CCS faculty and staff undertake are:

  • Research, development and evaluation of community schools to identify effective policies and practices 
  • Roundtables, conferences and meetings that build relationships between schools and communities and across sectors and professional fields 
  • Piloting, documenting and disseminating of model community education programs 
  • Building a virtual library of information and resources on community schools and community education 
  • Conferences, workshops, programs and courses that prepare professionals with the understandings, values and skills they need to sustain community schools and community education 

Through its academic programs, faculty and student research, and professional development activities, CCS prepares professionals to do creative and sustainable work within schools and community organizations. 

CCS Executive Council

Mary-Lou Breitborde, Secondary and Higher Education Mary Byrne, School of Social Work
Joseph Cambone, School of Education
Claire Crane, Center for Community Schools
Omar Longus, Communications Outreach Coordinator
Linda Saris, LEAP for Education
Kathy Adee, Nursing

CCS Resources

Professional development
Parent/family education
Information on community resources
Academic enrichment
College and career readiness
Strategies for building partnerships
Opportunities for networking
Workshops and conferences
Information for services for children’s families
Resource library


352 Lafayette Street
Salem, Massachusetts 01970

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