Community Engagement 101: Lift Every Voice
What would it take for New England schools and communities to come together to imagine a new way of partnering? How can we develop coalitions that bridge the systematized, historical divides that keep us apart? How can education leaders meaningfully share power with students, families, and community members without turning over the checkbook and the keys? And what systems do we need to put in place to enable authentic, equity-centered engagement to persist beyond the tenure of a committed superintendent, a dynamic parent leader, or a grant? Participants will explore insights and promising practices for student, family, and community engagement that have emerged from the Great Schools Partnership’s experience in supporting nearly two dozen districts from across the region. This session will provide an on-ramp for educators seeking to disrupt business-as-usual with a facilitated discussion on the role of race and representation in school community engagement.
Christina Horner (senior associate), Kate Theriault (community engagement associate), + Glennys Sanchez (community engagement senior associate)