Calling All Stakeholders!

Importance of School and Community Partnerships

Why Involve Stakeholders?

Importance of Family-Community Partnerships

Schools, parents, and the community should work together to promote the health, well-being, and learning of all students. When schools actively involve parents and engage community resources, they are able to respond more effectively to the needs of the students. Family and community involvement foster partnerships among schools, family and community groups, and individuals. Students become aware of their community leaders and understand that their community supports them. This community support allows for the students to know that their community is concerned with their achievement and success. These partnerships can help sustain the district's focus over time on achieving the mission of the school. Partnerships with parents and communities have led to students adapting better to school, higher attendance rates, higher student achievement, and improved student discipline.

What Does It Take to Engage Stakeholders?

Guidelines to Engaging Stakeholders

There are guidelines that are needed to have this on-going collaboration between stakeholders to focus on student learning.

1. School staff must share data and other important information with all stakeholders in order to become productive partners around student achievement.

2. Partnership activities (math night, family literacy night, etc.) must be directly aligned with student achievement goals.

3. Efforts must be collaborative and genuine.

4. Information sharing must be transparent.

5. All stakeholders must share a common vision for student achievement.

6. All efforts must be mission-oriented and data-driven.