Some researchers believe that collaboration between schools and community stakeholders, including families, educators, community organizations and businesses, is the key to improving public education. However, broad and inclusive community-school partnerships are rare. Instead, we frequently hear about friction between communities and their schools.
We, along with the Kettering Foundation, wanted to know: How can communities work together on the challenge of educating children? What roles and responsibilities do different stakeholders play in education, and who can bring those stakeholders to the table? What should educators expect from citizens and communities, and what should citizens and communities expect from their schools?
For this project, we spoke specifically to faculty members involved in teacher training about these and other concerns. As instructors of future teachers, principals and superintendents, educators of educators have important and unique insights into what the forthcoming crop of education leaders see as barriers to community-school collaboration.