Improving Schools Through Community Engagement: A Practical Guide for Educators

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Oktober 2003



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


Kathy Gardner Chadwick, Ph.D. in marketing from Northwestern University, is the Husby-Johnson Chair of Business and Economics at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Prior to joining the faculty at St. Olaf, Kathy taught marketing at the University of Minnesota and worked as a marketing research analyst at 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. For the past 20 years, she has served as a marketing consultant to a wide variety of organi-zations in both the private and the not-for-profit sectors. Her interest in community engagement stems from her back-ground in marketing and her passion for education, combined with her opportunity to serve as a faculty member in a leadership development program for Minnesota educators, funded by the Bush Foundation. Conversations with K-12 educators over a period of several years convinced her that community engagement can address many of the challenges facing today's educators as they work to help students achieve at a higher level. Believing that "actions speak louder than words," she has been actively involved in her commu-nity's public schools, serving as co-chair of the local elemen-tary school site council, volunteering for district-level task forces, and regularly attending school conferences. She lives in Bloomington, Minnesota, with her two teenaged children, Claire and Jim.


"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."
EAN: 9780761938217
ISBN: 0761938214
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2003
Seitenanzahl: 144 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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