ators to realize that not all families will be comfortable with such initiatives and seek the expertise of organizations in the community to approach them. For example, the administrators can conduct surveys to establish the impacts that can be achieved from various connections (Loucrecia, 2003). Then they can organize periodic teacher-parent conferences; after-school programs for adults, youths and children; community health services offered within school compounds; and charitable events. The community resources available for the administrators to assist them in solving problems, supporting student achievement and meeting school goals include organizations, parents, talented individuals, other school teachers and administrators, business leaders, political representatives and religious leaders (Loucrecia, 2003). The students are also a significant community resource in meeting the objectives of the partnerships.
One way to demonstrate school involvement in the community would be to write a weekly column, or monthly at the least, in a local newspaper (Weiss & Westmoreland, 2007). Buying space in a newspaper may be costly, but with the help of business organizations, it can be achieved. The column should highlight both the successes and challenges of the school. This can also focus on the efforts of individual teachers, students and community members that contributed towards all that has been achieved within that period. Challenges should also be highlighted with suggestions of what partnerships are best suited to address them. Such an initiative has the potential to converge conflicting or diverse perspectives by giving people an indication of what the school’s objectives are and how they intend to achieve them. The significance of this is that it provides both the community and school the opportunity to know what takes place in the period between the publications (Weiss & Westmoreland, 2007). By allowing them such information, both parties (school and ...Show more