Enhancing collaboration between school professionals and local communities
The theme of professional capital in schools is approached by focusing on the capability of professionals to listen to local needs and collaborate with families and other stakeholders to build community resilience.
In recent years, issues of equity and inclusion have become central to the policy debate. Race, class, and immigration are recognized as key factors that hinder collaboration between schools and communities. A broader understanding of power relationships is considered central for school professionals, to reinforce parent agency and decolonize practices in parent involvement, adopting empowerment approaches and more equitable practices with parents from nondominant backgrounds (Baquedano-López et al., 2013).
In this regard, deficit discourses are still widely present in schools, attributing students' learning outcomes to a "lack" of knowledge, practices, or resources at home or in the community (Phillips & Luke, 2017). In developing countries, this issue of “othering” (Cherry., 2023) students, parents and families by professional educators will be considered to highlight barriers and good practices in family and community involvement which are based on equity, parity and respect.
In many of these low and low middle-income countries, leveraging all available resources to support quality education make successful parental involvement a prospect worth pursuing (Elmeski, 2012; Zaalouk, 2006).
On the other hand, experiences of self-improving school systems (Ainscow, 2015) and place-based school partnerships (Ainscow et al. 2023) are interesting and promising examples of how school partnerships can not only enhance the quality of education for all but also involve community partners in creating local wellbeing systems.
List of Topic Areas
- schools at the centre of their communities;
- how schools are promoting partnerships with parents, including those from minorities and disadvantaged contexts;
- schools acting as local support systems for creating community agency and resilience;
- locality-based collaborations and partnerships led by schools transcending externally imposed governance;
- how school professionals are building collaboration with local partners for school improvement;
- developing professional capital within and across schools to promote collaboration and community growth;
- the role of school leadership in building trust with families and connecting with local communities;
- the transition to digital communication and how it is changing the interactions between schools, parents and communities;
- ways in which 'middle levels' are supporting schools and local communities;
- how national educational policies have been developed at local level with schools and communities.
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