Community–School Partnerships

Community–school partnerships are connections between schools and individuals, businesses, and formal and informal organizations and institutions. The term community in this definition of community–school partnerships is not constrained by the geographic boundaries of neighborhoods but refers to the diverse social interactions that can occur within or across these boundaries. This entry discusses rationales for community–school partnerships—characteristics, forms, and benefits of these partnerships—as well as challenges to and strategies for their effective implementation.

Rationales for Community–School Partnerships

Within the theoretical literature, there are a number of rationales for community–school partnerships. Proponents emphasize their importance for effective school functioning, arguing that community–school collaboration can provide underre-sourced schools with human, financial, and material resources to operate more effectively. Proponents also argue that community–school partnerships are a means to ensure U.S. ...

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