Community Outreach & Networking
The following deliverables will be part of the Implementation Plans developed by Intensive School Support Design Teams.
community asset map
Each program implementation planning team will develop a community asset map that includes actually getting out into the community. Maps will include a resource binder with information on the supports, services, and opportunities that exist in the community.
An ideal mapping exercise would include a guided walking tour with a local expert who can describe the people, history, culture, and assets in the community.
Each program implementation planning team will create an outreach plan to meaningfully engage and involve parents, families and community in the design and implementation of their schools.
The plans will include methods for engaging broad representation of parents and families, including those students farthest from opportunity such as those in foster care, with learning or physical disabilities, or whose home language is not English.
Each program implementation planning team will develop a networking matrix. This matrix will serve as a tool to maintain information on organizations and individuals who can provide support and resources to the school.
Matrices will include mentors and mentorships, internship opportunities, support organizations that provide professional development, training, and direct services, as well as individuals who have expertise in specific areas that may benefit the school.
Schools and Districts use many of the following metrics to determine if community engagement strategies are making an impact:
Get comfortable somewhere, put in your headphones, and LISTEN as Pastor Raymond Jetson explain why transformative relationships are necessary to sustain the work of improving a community's schools:
Speaking to a room of district and charter leaders, mayors’ education staff, community groups, and foundations at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, he framed the problem in this way:
"There are many of you who are doing absolutely amazing work. And I commend you for it. Many of you have begun to understand how to replicate that amazing work in multiple sites. I commend you for it. And some of you have begun to even understand the complexities of supporting others in bringing about that change and again, with all sincerity, I commend you for it. Yet, if your real intent is to substantially alter the educational and life experiences of the children you serve, if it is to move them from simply being able to understand and list polyatomic ions, if it is to move them to a place where they can understand how to overcome the challenges of C17 H21 NO4, which is the chemical formula for cocaine, if it is to move them simply beyond being able to annotate The Road Less Traveled by Frost but to also equip them to be able to survive taking the road home, if it is to really make a difference in the lives of children then I would, with all due respect and with the fear of offending some, suggest to you that much of what has been done is not sustainable…"
Read the Transcript of Pastor Raymond Jetson's Speech.
In this stirring Video and passionate presentation, Pastor Raymond Jetson calls upon us to consider our shared humanity through our communities. He discusses his outline for spreading a "metro-morphosis" across our region.