New Report: Community Schools: Working Toward Institutional Transformation

Posted by on August 25, 2008

Community Schools: Working Toward Institutional Transformation

If all youngsters are to have an equal opportunity to succeed at school and in life, schools must move significantly beyond prevailing approaches to school improvement. Needed is fundamental institutional transformation that promotes effective collaboration among schools, families, and communities. Such a transformation is essential to enhancing achievement for all, closing the achievement gap, reducing dropouts, and increasing the opportunity for schools to be valued as treasures in their neighborhood.

Institutional transformation, of course, involves major systemic changes. And, when one of the institutions is public education, the complications stemming from the scale of schooling in the U.S.A. can feel daunting to say the least. Currently, a number of initiatives are pursuing the goal of addressing what’s missing in prevailing school improvement efforts. One of these initiatives is the Community School movement.

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