Schools often reflect the communities where they are located and the districts they serve. But as the American public education system continues to struggle through real or perceived inequalities in terms of funding, student success rates, and teacher retention, one possible solution is to involve the community. Let’s take a closer look at how community support for these schools improves collaboration and improves everyone involved.
While teachers carry the load of educating your young learners, they shouldn’t have to go it alone. After all, schools are not isolated islands where students have information poured into them before they rejoin the outside world. The vibe of the neighborhoods and communities around the school matter too. In this way, community support can come through additional mind benders, puzzles, and games to complete while increasing and enhancing the possibilities of what is known as experiential learning in the community.
You may have heard of stakeholders or shareholders as people who hold an interest in the performance of top businesses around the country. Likewise, schools also have stakeholders. One intriguing idea for a field trip is to have teachers organize field trips to local small businesses or plan events and activities at senior homes. Also, try to engage your students by asking them what they hope to accomplish and what they want to see their school achieve.
Maps are tremendous tools for learning, especially in history and geography classes. But did you know you can take them one step further? Create a plan of your community and all the learning resources, such as museums and libraries that students can visit. Point out the skills of notable community members and how all of these resources can be used for completing projects and activities both in the classroom and out.
The latest and greatest curriculum standards are always changing. But either way, you should strive to implement these measures however you can. Make strong connections between the community support and what the students are learning in the classroom to help them understand why their education is so important, where it all leads to, and how advancing themselves can help them land better jobs or excel in their other pursuits later in life.
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