Community Partnership

Even through an education lens, students must be viewed as whole people with a variety of needs, both academic and nonacademic, that factor into their success in school. Because children live and grow up in their respective communities, schools cannot and do not educate children on their own. Multiple external factors influence student achievement, and a student’s quality of life depends on the various community organizations and institutions that support him or her. It follows that the improvement of schools depends, in part, on the resources within their communities.

Community members can be supporters of learning at home, advocates for the creation of community-wide structures that support student learning, and partners who take shared responsibility for the quality education of all children. Community partnership extends further than random acts of involvement to a mobilization of assets and collaboration among change agents. It is a reciprocal relationship that has benefits and implications for all involved, improving outcomes for students, schools, and communities.