Community Engagement: The Secret Ingredient is a good commentary from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform that provides a good critique of much that is done in the name of “community-based” place-based-initiatives in education.
Simply put, they tend to be foundation and professional-driven instead of led by community residents — including parents.
It’s a critique that I’ve often made of community schools, as well as other funder-initiated efforts.
I’m adding this post both to The Best Resources For Learning About Community Schools and to The Best Examples Of Parent Engagement Through Community Organizing.
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