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Improving Schools Through Community Engagement

Improving Schools Through Community Engagement
A Practical Guide for Educators

First Edition

January 2004 | 144 pages | Corwin
Americans see public schools as a critical community resource and rank education their priority second only to the economy. How can teachers harness this public interest in education to bring parents, families, and communities to action for our schools? Improving Schools Through Community Engagement addresses these questions and more in this invaluable source of methods and strategies for educators to initiate action.

Involvement of family and community members has a significant impact on student achievement. This handy resource provides a framework that education leaders can use in designing and implementing initiatives to more effectively engage the public by:

] framing a clear focus for initiatives

] identifying and including representatives from each diverse constituency group

] developing an understanding of the varied perspectives of these groups

] presenting strategies to call and encourage constituent involvement and action

A more engaged community results in improved teaching and learning. The energy of parents, teachers, and communities working together starts small and spreads over time. The possibilities for action are limitless.

About the Author
1. How Does an Engaged Community Improve Student Achievement?
2. Framing the Issue for the Community Engagement Process
3. Identifying Key Constituencies in Our Community
4. Techniques to Better Understand Our Constituents
5. Strategies to Encourage Constituent Action
6. Sustaining the Community Engagement Process
Resource: Summary of Internet Sources

“A useful overview of ways to get communities more involved in local schools.”

Paul Loeb, Author
Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time

“Chadwick provides clear information on the components of community engagement and many good ideas of how educators can collaborate with community partners to improve school programs and help more students succeed.  This is an important part of a comprehensive program of school, family, and community partnerships.”

Joyce L. Epstein, Director
Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, Johns Hopkins University

“Our democracy depends on an informed, involved public, and our schools do as well. Kathy Chadwick provides deliberate, reasonable ways to seek public input, share data and information, and build community.”

Beverly Raimondo, Director
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

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