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Integrating the School and Community

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    • 2 Subtopics: o Need for School and Community Integration o Purposes of School-Community Relationships o Principles of Good School-Community Relationships o Ways of Developing Good School-Community Relations o School-Community Collaboration o Limitation and Barriers to Collaboration o Five Steps to Better School Community Collaboration
    • 3 Schools are being asked to do more and more with fewer resources. For any school program to assure the high academic achievement of all children, there must be an active partnership between the school and community to: address the social and personal, as well as the academic needs of children. Need for School andNeed for School and Community IntegrationCommunity Integration
    • 4 Teachers must now find ways to cope with children who live in dysfunctional families, who are victims of violence, who use drugs, who are pregnant, who are homeless who do not speak English, who cannot read nor write who are malnourished who have special needs. Teachers, even the best ones, cannot help these children by themselves.
    • 5 As an old African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child”, one could imagine that it would take a community to raise a school.
    • 6 The answer to real education/ school transformation is strong, authentic community connections and actions.
    • 7 When families, community groups, business and schools band together to support learning, young people achieve more in school, stay in school longer, and enjoy the experience more.
    • 8 Achieve more in school Stay in school longer Enjoy the experience more
    • 9 Some Purposes of School Community Relationships To improve the quality of children’s learning To improve the quality of community living To develop an understanding and support of the community’s program of public education
    • 10 Principles of Good School- Community Relations The principle of leadership is the keynote to school- community relations The principle of cooperation is basic to the development of good school-community relations The principle of participation is essential in developing close school- community relations
    • 11 The principle of coordination promotes close school- community relations The principle of friendliness is a dynamic source of good school-community relations The principle of objectivity is fundamental to the development of close school-community relations The principle of evaluation as an integral part of good school- community relations
    • 12 Ways of Developing Good School-Community Relations Provide school-visiting days for parents Provide public participation in the study of school-community problems Make the school the center of community improvement Make the school a democratic social center Encourage your community to serve the school Know your own community or the community you are serving
    • 13 Membership in community organization Inform your community about the school Know the community standards Observe democratic group process in dealing with the public Establish working relationship with local or national organizations Home-visits by the teachers Ways of Developing Good School-Community Relations
    • 14 School-Community Collaboration What Is Collaboration? Collaboration can mean: coordination, integrated services, school-linked and school-based services, any focus on non-educational or supportive services, public-private partnerships with businesses and community groups, parental or family involvement.
    • 15 School-community collaboration occurs when groups or agencies come together to establish an educative community. The educative community is composed of a multitude of educating entities such as school, home, places of worship, the media, museums, libraries, community agencies, and businesses (Drew, 2004). Everyone in the community is accountable for the quality of education.
    • 16 Collaborative programs that have been studied show positive results on: higher academic achievement, behaviors and attitudes of students, reduced incidence of vandalism and other destructive behaviors, higher aspirations and credits earned, more positive mental health, reduce the school dropout rate, prevent teen pregnancies and births, increase the number of youth who go on to a job or college.
    • 17 Limitations and Barriers to Collaboration Community partners are particularly concerned about: differences in goals and expectations, desired outcomes and the lack of training in the process of collaboration.
    • 18 Limitations and Barriers to Collaboration School partners are particularly concerned about the addition of activities to their busy schedules, different traditions about how things are done, and the lack of availability of their community partners.
    • 19 Five Steps to Better School/Community Collaboration Step 1: Expand Your Vision of School to Include Community Ryan Bretag writes, "Educators shouldn't be the only ones contributing.” There are so many opportunities for experiential learning to happen out in the community surrounding the school.
    • 20 Step 2: Reach Out to All Stakeholders One of the best ways to connect and create an authentic bond is to go to the people who matter most, and meet them on their own turf. A series of community walks are a great way to start.
    • 21 Step 3: Create a Community Resource Map A visual representation of your community and the various skills people have to offer is a super way to understand what community resources are available.
    • 22 Step 4: Connect with Curriculum Much of what we learn as children and adults happens outside the classroom through real world experiences and from our peers, mentors or on the job. Find ways to work with local businesses and subject matter experts to connect core curriculum to the outside world and design engaging learning experiences in and out of the classroom.
    • 23 Step 5: A Design Challenge for the Community A community challenge to reinvent the school experience. Reinventing school can mean lots of things such as redesigning classrooms, creating a community garden, creating an open and shared learning space, designing a course, changing the way students participate in decision making, etc.
    • 24 Conclusion Community collaboration is not an option. It is the driving force for developing the supports that enable children and youth to learn and succeed and help families and communities thrive. Collaboration is a difficult task, with many barriers to overcome. However, the resulting communication among community agencies and schools, unity of vision within the community, integration and enhancement of agency services, and community support of common goals are well worth the effort. School–community collaboration is essential to providing the comprehensive academic and social services needed for youth at risk of dropping out of school to succeed academically and in later life.
    • 25 Thank you for listening… _________________________ Minnie A. Asis MM-HRM March 16, 2013