Collaborating with the Community

Collaborating with the Community

This module provides tools and resources to measure and improve family and community collaboration within your school community. Engaging community members, businesses, and organizations as partners in children's education can improve learning communities through benefits such as expanded learning opportunities, broad-based support for increased school funding, and quality after school programs.

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Key Findings

The benefits of community-home-school collaborations are profound and wide ranging. Effective school, family and community partnerships can provide benefits for students, parents, educators and the community.

Results for Students:
  • Increase in skills and talents from enriched curricular and extracurricular activities
  • Development of positive relationships with adults
  • Development of a sense of value and belonging to the community
  • Realization of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle
Results for Families:
  • Increase an awareness of the community‚Äôs contributions to the school
  • Develop a sense of connection with other families in the community
  • Increase knowledge of and use of local resources to obtain services, improve skills or both
Results for Teacher and Administrators:
  • Increase involvement in the social and community service referral process for families
  • Development of skills for working with business partners, community, volunteers and mentors
  • Increase knowledge and use of community resources to enrich classroom instruction
Results for Community Agencies, Organizations and Businesses:
  • Increase improved access to school resources
  • Formation of connections between businesses and future employees
  • Increase a greater sense of purpose by sharing strengths and wisdom with students