A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources with an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, leadership and community engagement, leading to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. The shared decision-making model ensures that educators, parents and community groups, along with school district administrators, have a voice.
CTA and NEA have been at the forefront of efforts to build community schools, providing resources and guidance to educators and local associations. And now, CTA leaders and staff have developed a five-step path to help locals build member and community support.
Read about CTA and local chapters’ work on this path in the Feb./March Educator magazine. Find more information about community schools and ways to get your school/district involved at cta.org/communityschools.