Q4 - School Climate-Response
The most important aspects or characteristics about a school's climate that promotes school, family and community partnerships that support students success are:
1. Opportunities are provided to reflect on and discuss embedded beliefs of school, family and community partners.
2. Frequent dialogue occurs between families, students and educators that fosters understanding and decision making with agencies that connect services to family needs that fosters positive change in students and their families.
3. An understanding by all partners that the ultimate goal is increasing student engagement in learning, student understanding of his/her learning and developing the student's capacity to live successfully as a contributing member of our society.
4. Developing the capacity to "trust" each others(parents, community partners) motives as each works to develop an evolving sense of possibilities for student and family success in our society.
5. Engaging regularly in systematic study of outcomes for students and families enrolled in school community partnerships.
6. Understanding that parents and community members have "agendas" for schools. Identifying the critical issues on these agendas and developing a strategic plan to address these issues is essential for successfully impacting the climate within schools.
7. Identify adequate meeting space, purchase a large coffee pot, place monies in the budget for refreshments and set aside times to have serious chats and hardy laughter as you passionately work together to create a more committed and caring group of school and community partners.
Mary A. Jennings, Principal
Hart Magnet School
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