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How can we partner with our communities to improve school programs and increase students' success?

This current era of high stakes testing, accountability, and shrinking educational budgets demands that schools seek bold and innovative ways to build strong learning environments for all students. Community involvement is a powerful tool in generating resources that are essential for educational excellence.

Building School-Community Partnerships: Collaboration for Student Success emphasizes the importance of community involvement for effective school functioning, student support and well-being, and community health and development. This sharp, insightful book serves as an excellent resource for educators seeking to establish school-community partnerships to achieve goals for their schools and the students, families, and communities they serve. Schools can collaborate with a wide variety of community partners to obtain the ...

Bringing the Community in: An Elementary School Story
Bringing the community in: An elementary school story

In 1999, a colleague, Adia Harvey, and I conducted a case study of an elementary school member of the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS). The school was selected for the study based on the number and quality of its community partnerships. Data were collected over a seven-month period, from June to December. As part of the study, the school's principal and assistant principal, partnership team members, parents, students, and community partners were interviewed. Observations of community partnership activities also were conducted. Key findings of the study suggest that the school's success with its community partners was largely due to the components described in Chapter 3.

Background

The case elementary school is ...

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