Our new resource — Meaningful Local Engagement Under ESSA - Issue 2: A Handbook for Local Leaders on School Improvement — offers local leaders more detail about different school improvement strategies, as well as ways to collaborate more closely with community stakeholders to better assess need and align resources with chosen priorities.
Local school improvement planning efforts are set to begin this upcoming fall and will have serious implications for those schools defined as “underperforming” under a given state’s accountability system. It’s imperative that communities get involved and contribute to key decision-making processes at the local level.
Yesterday, Partners for Each and Every Child released a report highlighting promising engagement processes in eight California districts. The case studies illustrate how the five pillars of engagement are integral to regular, two-way dialogue with stakeholders to support and sustain educational equity.
Every year, still, I feel an achy hollowness in my chest. Sometimes there’s also a tightness and throbbing—like now, as I write this.
The first time, my ache was accompanied by a deep, grumbling fear. I was in 10th grade, vice president of the student body, sitting in the gym bleachers, about to share my thoughts with about 1,500 students, the morning of April 5, 1968. And I feared for the future of racial justice.