Engaging Your Community in Dialogue
Authentic engagement moves beyond events and information dissemination to creating opportunities for stakeholders to deliberate through dialogue and do meaningful work to improve the learning environment and promote improved student achievement. Ideas surfaced in ongoing, multi-tiered conversations with stakeholders and educators can lead to new thinking about issues and sustainable solutions. Creating a sustained culture of engagement, deeply embedded in schools and local communities is not easy, but the benefits outweigh the investment. (Adapted from The Politics of Authentic Engagement**.)
Resources for Community Engagement
- “Public Engagement” tip sheets, examples and resources in the online NSPRA Gold Mine
- Advancing the practice of public participation - International Association for Public Participation
- Toolkit of Resources for Engagement Families and the Community as Partners in Education - Institute of Education Science: Regional Educational Laboratory Program
Resources for Student and Teacher Conversations
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers-The National Association of School Psychologists
- Understanding Democracy: A Hip Pocket Guide - Annenberg Classroom, The Annenberg Public Policy Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
**Source: The Politics of Authentic Engagement by Kathy Leslie with Judy Taccogna. To purchase, visit NSPRA’s Online Store.