Some people question the concept of community involvement with student learning. They wonder how community partners could have an impact on student achievement. Occasionally they think of community partners as the local businesses they can convince to donate food or prizes for special events or place ads in the theater production’s playbills. Community partners can contribute so much more.
Community organizations and individuals are mentors, service providers and key supporters for the education of children. Businesses and local government can be involved, not only as contributors of funds or people power, but as planners and actors in producing opportunities for students to succeed. All organizations and individuals provide places to extend learning, explore careers and try out new skills and can be important advocates and champions for students and schools.
Community organizations include:
- Out of school time providers
- Faith-based organizations
- Recreation programs
- Parks, cultural centers, theaters
- Libraries, museums
- Health, human services
- Early care, education programs (home visitation and child care)
- Service clubs, sorority/fraternity groups
- Businesses, industry
- Higher education institutions
The Key Work of School Boards is a framework of eight interrelated action areas to focus and guide school boards in their work. One of the keys is Collaboration and Community Engagement. Established trust and confidence among all educational stakeholders. Necessary partners for school districts include parents, business and political leaders, media representatives, and other citizens in the community. More Information on This Topic