Public input in school decision making
Posted by on November 7, 2003
[posted from Public Education Network newsletter]
WORKING WITH THE PUBLIC ON BIG DECISIONS
In an increasingly busy and sophisticated world, where citizens have more to contribute but less time to spend, school leaders are rethinking the ways they work with the public. To involve parents and other citizens on an ongoing basis, they are incorporating public engagement principles into school and district governance, using them to analyze school reform ideas and employing them at the teacher-parent-classroom level. They are bringing policy decisions into the community, using small groups to create safe, informed discussions and asking citizens to take an active role in problem solving. In this article in School Administrator magazine, Matt Leighninger describes new strategies and approaches for effective public engagement.
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