December 2011 Newsletter from CISNC

December 09, 2011

A Word To Our Readers

As this calendar year comes to a close, we here at Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) are extremely grateful for your faithful support of our work to keep students of all ages in school, prepared to graduate and to excel in college, career and life. We anticipate a busy and exciting year ahead and invite you to renew your partnership with us as we continue to serve as the leading dropout prevention organization in North Carolina.

Also, we want to know how we can better serve you in the coming year. CISNC strives to be the country's leading state headquarters in providing top-notch support and service to our partners, local affiliates, schools systems and of course to the communities and students we serve. We welcome your feedback: 919-832-2700, or toll free 800-849-8881.

CISNC First State Office to Achieve National Accreditation in the Country!

CISNC is the first Communities In Schools state office in the country to achieve National Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with all CIS Total Quality System (TQS) Standards! The TQS standards define expectations for effective nonprofit business practices and for implementing the CIS model of integrated student support services at school sites. The site standards are based on a five-year, longitudinal national evaluation conducted by an independent, outside evaluator that documented the impact of the Communities In Schools model. The evaluation revealed that schools implementing the CIS model with high fidelity had higher graduation rates and lower dropout rates, and performed better than comparison schools in increasing the percentage of students meeting or exceeding math and reading proficiency in 4th and 8th grades, a crucial predictor of high school graduation.

“Becoming the first accredited state office in the country is no small feat,” said CISNC Board Chair John Idler, General Manager of WTVD – ABC 11. “Communities In Schools of North Carolina has done a remarkable job adopting and upholding the rigorous standards required of TQS. I am extremely proud of the state office team.”

Communities In Schools developed the Total Quality System to establish clear operational guidelines that ensure uniform quality and improved outcomes for all students being served by Communities In Schools state offices and affiliates. The TQS system is part of an organization-wide commitment to evidence-based practice and the highest standards of accountability.

At the local level, CISNC started the TQS process in North Carolina in 2009 among its 38 local affiliates. Currently, 15 local affiliates have achieved national accreditation status: CIS of Brunswick County, CIS of Caldwell County, CIS of Cape Fear, CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, CIS of Clay County, CIS of Cleveland County, CIS of Durham, CIS of High Point, CIS of Lincoln County, CIS of Montgomery County, CIS of Moore County, CIS of Randolph County, CIS of Robeson, CIS of Rowan County and CIS of Thomasville.

“Communities In Schools makes a commitment to youth to build and sustain healthy nonprofit organizations that are rooted in the community for the long haul,” said Linda Harrill, President and CEO of CISNC. “We make sure that all of our CIS affiliates are in North Carolina communities that can benefit from our innovative student support services and that they use best practices proven to keep children in school. The state office is proud to have achieved our accreditation as it underlies the value of being in compliance with the high set of standards put in place by Communities In Schools,” Harrill added.

Thanks to everyone involved in the process who helped us achieve this honor!

Linda Harrill Awarded 2011 Business Leader Women Extraordinaire Award

Please join CISNC in congratulating our leader Linda Harrill on being awarded recently Business Leader Magazine’s 2011 Women Extraordinaire Award.

Each year, Business Leader honors the top women business leaders of the South through their Women Extraordinaire Awards. Winners are pulled from an astute pool of C-level executives, business owners or civic/community leaders in their regions. These women have demonstrated significant business achievement and community involvement. A candidate specifically has to be actively involved in the professional organization, actively involved in her community by utilizing her skills and/or time to promote philanthropic organizations or causes, and must be a recognized mentor and example to other women in her industry. More than 1,700 nominations were submitted for this year's awards.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Harrill. “Any success I have experienced I can attribute to having had great mentors who encouraged me, shared their wisdom with me and provided guidance. I also think there is no substitute for working hard. To be successful you have to be willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals and you should never ask someone else to do what you are not willing to do yourself,” she added.


Limited Edition "Overcoming Obstacles: CIS Success Stories" 2012 Wall Calendar Now For Sale!

Come and get 'em! Check out the CISNC "Overooming Obstacles: CIS Success Stories" 2012 Wall Calendar, featuring the best images and sound bites from CISNC's yearlong "Overcoming Obstacles: CIS Success Stories" video series. Limited edition quantity of 500! Only $10. Please fill out an order form to purchase your calendar. Consider buying several as holiday gifts.

National Mentoring Month Materials Now Available

National Mentoring Month (NMM)—January 2012—is right around the corner! Executive Directors: If you haven't already, please let Rebecca Clendenin know if you would like any NMM materials, namely Posters, Thank Your Mentor Cards, Recruitment Cards and/or Bookmarks and HOW MANY. These materials are free of charge from MENTOR and will be shipped directly to you via UPS.

John Legend Posters Still Available

The Communities In Schools poster featuring John Legend was a huge success! Created after the national office's recent partnership with Procter & Gamble, and to draw attention to the dropout crisis and the work of Communities In Schools, the 11 x 17 poster features John Legend and the graduates of Communities In Schools of Newark who appeared in the nationally broadcast video. And there are still copies available. Display them in your offices and in school sites—it’s a great way to keep the enthusiasm of the P&G campaign fresh throughout the school year. Please contact Maureen Salamat, Director of Publications, or Tracey Savell Reavis, Publications Specialist, to request copies, and the national office will place your order.

"Overcoming Obstacles: CIS Success Stories" November Video

Travel with us to Clay County, on the far western edges of North Carolina. "The terrain is rugged and beautiful, the people are salt-of-the-earth and kind," describes multimedia producer Justin Cook in his blog post. A well kept secret, Clay County boasts an Appalachian way of living tied to “old ways” of farming, logging and building things from scratch. To the people of Clay County, the shop class at Hayesville High School, a project of CIS of Clay County, is critically important in preserving their heritage and in teaching vocational skills to young people. In light of recent U.S. Census data that nearly 1-in-5 western North Carolinians live in poverty in more than half of the region’s 17 counties, November's "Overcoming Obstacles" video shows the value of CIS of Clay County's efforts to tackle poverty head-on with opportunities for young people to develop a marketable skill upon graduation. Hear what Hayesville High teacher Danny Jones, CIS of Clay County Executive Director Theresa Waldroup and Principal Keith Nuckolls each have to say about Communities In Schools and the “old ways” of doing, where communities work together to raise their children.

N.C. School Report Cards

N.C. School Report Cards now features data from the school, district and state levels for the 2010-11 school year. The website includes important information about school and student performance, class sizes, attendance, school safety and instructional resources. Educator and administrator credentials, qualifications and turnover rates are available on school- or district-level report cards. Resources to assist stakeholders in understanding the results of the Report Cards can be found at the bottom of the N.C. School Cards Report homepage in the “Links” section. Materials available in “Resources for Understanding Report Cards” include:

An overview of the N.C. School Report Cards;

A video that introduces the N.C. School Report Cards website and explains how to navigate through the different elements of a Report Card;

A glossary of terms used in a School Report Card;

Frequently Asked Questions;

The Data and Sources Information Guide; and

Questions that community leaders and parents should consider when viewing the Report Cards.

Free Access to the Most-Popular BoardSource Publications Now Available on CISnet

The national office has purchased an organizational membership with BoardSource, the premier source of information and resources related to nonprofit boards. This organizational membership provides free access to BoardSource's most in-demand resources:

Board Fundamentals: Understanding Roles in Nonprofit Governance;

Generate Buzz! Strategic Communication for Nonprofit Boards;

The entire Governance Series of six books: 10 Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, Fundraising Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards , Financial Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, The Nonprofit Board's Role in Mission, Planning and Evaluation, Structures & Practices of Nonprofit Boards; and

A set of E-Toolkits that include practical tools, templates and tips.

These resources have been posted on CISnet by clicking here. You just need to be logged on to CISnet to access these publications. Please download them and share them with your staff and board members. If you have any questions about this BoardSource partnership, please contact Daria Teutonico or at 703-518-2585.

NCBCE Electronic Resource Guide

The new NCBCE Electronic Resource Guide is live! You can access it by clicking here. The new Guide is more easily searchable, making connections easier to make! Another added feature that is exciting is the news column. If you have news about your nonprofit or a need for volunteers, simply go to the Media tab on the front page of the Guide. The dropdown under that tab will allow you to submit your news (or volunteer request) directly to us for posting! Or you can click here for the direct link to the “submit” button.

Bank of America Student Leaders Program—January 25 Deadline

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders Program is accepting applications for the 2012 program. As part of the company’s lending, investing and giving to strengthen the communities we serve, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 1,600 exemplary high school juniors and seniors with a passion for improving their communities. The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and develops them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:

A summer 2012 eight-week paid summer internship with selected nonprofit organizations designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their host organization.

A week-long all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., July 15 - 20, 2012. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.

Click here to apply!

Legislative Series: Building a Stronger North Carolina

December 13, 2011, Wilmington Event

December 14, Rocky Mount Event

December 14, Elizabeth City Event

Date TBD, Fayetteville Event

Date TBD, Durham/Orange Event

January 23, 2012, Raleigh Event

This year United Way of North Carolina, the N.C. Budget & Tax Center and the N.C. Justice Center are teaming up to share the story of the economy and the state budget. Throughout this interactive session, your community will have the opportunity to respond and help write the next chapter in the story. During "Building a Stronger North Carolina," be prepared to answer a few questions and to learn a few facts that you can put into action. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect:

How have the state budget and the economy impacted your community?

What budget trends are developing, and how long will it take for North Carolina to recover from the Great Recession?

Is North Carolina falling behind in areas like Education, Health and Public Safety?

 How can you impact the issues you care most about? Join with others to focus your local advocacy for the greatest outcome.

To register, click the links above associated with the location nearest you.

Upcoming National Webinars

December 14, 2011, 1 p.m., Enhancing Communications Through the New Publications Resource Center

With the national office’s new partnership with GraphTec, state offices and local affiliates will be able to order professionally designed national publications at the click of a button. You will be able to get annual reports, general brochures, posters and other marketing materials right when you need them to enhance your communications and fundraising efforts. Some products will be easily customizable, and more will be offered in the future. Join Maureen Salamat, Director of Publications, and Tracey Savell Reavis, Publications Specialist, as they discuss what print materials are available on the Communities In Schools Publications Resource Center website. You also will get a first look at GraphTec’s online service, with an in-depth tour provided by GraphTec.

January 18, 2011, 2 p.m., Education Pioneers: Building a Pipeline of Talented Leaders for Public Education

Join Ann Ziker, Managing Director, Education Pioneers Houston; John Troy, Managing Director, Education Pioneers Washington D.C. Metro Area; and Brandon Malmberg, Managing Director, Education Pioneers Los Angeles for this engaging webinar.

To register for these or any other upcoming webinars, visit the Communities In Schools WebEx Event Center website and click on “Register” next to the topic that interests you.

National Mentoring Summit

January 24 - 25, 2012, Washington D.C.

The second annual National Mentoring Summit will be held at The Fairmont in Washington, D.C., January 24 and 25, 2012. The Summit’s goals are to bring together influential mentoring stakeholders from the public and private sectors to chart the mentoring field’s future, expand its circle of influence and focus the power of mentoring on a set of measurable outcomes. The Summit will be hosted by MENTOR, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Department of Justice–Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Harvard School of Public Health and United Way Worldwide, along with nearly 20 partner organizations, including Communities In Schools.

Click here to register.

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