Northwest Regional Comprehensive Center

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Strategies for Community Engagement in School Turnaround

The Reform Support Network (RSN) released a report examining community engagement as a strategy for making school turnaround more effective. The purpose of community engagement is to ensure that school improvement is done with the community, not to the community. It recognizes how integral schools are to their communities, and how much parents and communities have to offer as partners when fundamental change must occur in schools. A school exists to educate the children of a community, and by embracing community engagement, political and educational leaders demonstrate their recognition that families and communities have an important say in what happens inside its doors. To explore community engagement in action, the Reform Support Network (RSN) conducted studies from April-August 2013 in 11 states and districts in diverse settings.

March 2014