- Shows how your school can become a community school and how this improves staff morale, building atmosphere and learning for all
- Based on urban and suburban districts serving students from many backgrounds
This concise, practical volume focuses on techniques school administrators use for involving local citizens in public schools, in order to create and cultivate what the author terms “community schools,” schools procedurally and structurally interacting with the broad range of people they serve. Based on interviews with working principals and teachers, many in urban districts, the text presents ideas for transforming a typical neighborhood school into a true community center with readily applicable techniques such as forging networks and enlisting/retaining neighborhood leaders and families for school improvement initiatives. It documents how becoming a community school leads to improvements in staff morale, building atmosphere and instruction.