Community & Stakeholders

Building Relationships

Involving the Community and Stakeholders

Who are Stakeholders?

Stakeholders are people who are, or who could be, effected by the service provided. Stakeholders are individuals, groups, organizations, government departments, businesses, anyone with a stake or a vested interest.

School Stake holders:

School stakeholders are not only the school board, parents, staff, and students, but also local business owners, community groups and leaders, professional organizations, potential enrollments, youth organizations, the faith community, media, etc.

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The Need for Community and Stakeholder Involvment

It truly does take a village to raise children. The community and stakeholders are the village and our children need the guidance, patience, and understanding it takes to produce civic-minded individuals who can participate and function in society in a positive way. Stakeholder engagement is considered vital to the success and improvement of a school.

Parents + families + community involvement = success

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6 Types of Community and Stakeholder Involvement

A research-based framework developed by Joyce Epstein of John Hopkins University, describes six types of involvement:
  • Parenting: Help families by providing them with parenting skills and family support, make them understand the phases of child development, its complexities and ways to cope with it. Help schools understand backgrounds and cultures of families and their goals for children.
  • Communicating: Create reliable communication channels between school and home to communicate with families about school programs and student progress.
  • Volunteering: Enable educators to work with volunteers who support students and the school. Involve families as volunteers and as audiences at the school.
  • Learning at Home: Encourage the involvement of families in their children’s homework and goal setting.
  • Decision Making: Make families participants in school decisions, governance and academic learning at home through curriculum-related activities such as including advocacy activities.
  • Collaborating with the Community: Co-ordinate resources and services for families, students and the school with community groups such as businesses, cultural and civic organizations, colleges or universities.
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Engaging Stakeholders
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