Toolkit: Community Leadership

Students and community members working together in a school garden

Reimagining Your School as a Community Center

By Jennifer Gunn July 11, 2019

Imagine a school that worked together with the community to serve all students and their families, including academics and beyond. Believe it or not, such schools exist and it just might be possible for your school to benefit from a community model. The Community School According to the Coalition for Community Schools, a community school… Read More

The Benefits of Community Engagement in Education

By Annie W. Scott February 5, 2019

Much like the soil we build our schools upon, people need solid footing and an appreciation for the environment. When looking at community schools as a construct, one must consider all the nuances that make a community significant. Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory is useful in unpacking the multiple layers and perspectives that make a community… Read More

Teaching is one of the most taxing professions because educators give so much of their time and energy to their work. Frequently used terms like “burnout” can imply that teachers simply can’t handle their workload or aren’t measuring up to expectations. Doris Santoro of Bowdoin College and author of Demoralized: Why Teachers Leave the Profession… Read More

School Leaders: Tips for Improving Communication

By Jennifer Gunn June 12, 2018

Like any other business or organization, good communication is key to a school’s success. With so many involved in a school’s community — staff, leaders, parents, students — and a busier-than-ever world, getting creative with communication is not only good practice, but imperative. Here are some use-right-now ideas for school communication that works. Enhance your… Read More

Social-Emotional Learning: The Magic of Circle Talk

By Jennifer Gunn April 17, 2018

Restorative practices are helping schools move away from punitive practices to more therapeutic practices for everything from behavioral issues to counseling and treating trauma to classroom management. Circle talks have become a staple of the restorative classroom, lowering suspensions in favor of social-emotional learning strategies to foster student, teacher, and family relationships. Why circles? When… Read More

Recognizing where our students come from, what they’re facing, and how we can help them in different ways is a key component of responsive teaching practices. We discussed this and much more during a recent symposium put on by Concordia University-Portland and TeachingPartners. Guests included keynote speaker Lynda Coates with Communication Across Barriers and Dr…. Read More