Equitable Community Engagement

Equitable community engagement—an ongoing, two-way process of building relationships, working collaboratively to support all students, and sharing power—can result in transformative benefits for schools and their school communities. To help guide educators, families, students, and other members of a school community toward a more equitable system of community engagement, the Great Schools Partnership created the resources below. They are based on our experience supporting school communities working collaboratively for more equitable, rigorous, and personalized education systems that prepare every student for college, careers, and global citizenship.

For additional tools on the subject of educational equity—including indicators of educational equity, as well as our equity pulse check—please visit our educational equity toolkit.

INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

These tools are intended for all members of a school community—educators, students, parents, community members, and other stakeholders—who want to better understand what equitable community engagement is and why it’s so important.

The Foundations of Equitable Community Engagement

In addition to research and foundational reading, this resource details the eight principles upon which this toolkit is based.

The Case for Community Engagement

Discover the many benefits of equitable community engagement. Also, learn what it really means to “share power."

Community Engagement: Moving Toward Equity

Learn the difference between providing information, encouraging engagement, and sharing power. Plus, get examples of each.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

These tools are intended for all members of a school community—educators, students, parents, community members, and other stakeholders—who want to better understand what equitable community engagement is and why it’s so important.

Opening Prompts & Ice Breakers

These activities, when used along with collaboratively-established norms, are intended to help participants connect at the start of a meeting and feel less guarded.

Strategies for Facilitators Of Community Meetings

This resources helps facilitators think through possible facilitation challenges; it also provides moves that can be used to address them.

Community Conversations Checklist

The purpose of this checklist is to provide practical guidance to community groups, school leadership teams, or other groups who are planning community conversations.

Do Less, Do More: Strategies for Equitable Community Engagement

Replace defaults with more inclusive and reflective patterns and practices by making these low-cost, high-impact changes.

Debrief Protocol for Facilitators

This protocol helps facilitators and coordinators of community conversations to debrief after an event and think about what they might like to do differently or keep the same next time. 

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UNDERSTANDING ESSER AND ARP: RESOURCES FOR YOUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY