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Improving Schools Through Community Engagement
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Preface About the Author 1. How Does an Engaged Community Improve Student Achievement? 2. Framing the Issue for the Community Engagement Process 3. Identifying Key Constituencies in Our Community 4. Techniques to Better Understand Our Constituents 5. Strategies to Encourage Constituent Action 6. Sustaining the Community Engagement Process Resource: Summary of Internet Sources References Index

About the Author

Kathy Gardner Chadwick, Ph.D. in marketing from Northwestern University, is the Husby-Johnson Chair of Business and Economics at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Prior to joining the faculty at St. Olaf, Kathy taught marketing at the University of Minnesota and worked as a marketing research analyst at 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. For the past 20 years, she has served as a marketing consultant to a wide variety of organi-zations in both the private and the not-for-profit sectors. Her interest in community engagement stems from her back-ground in marketing and her passion for education, combined with her opportunity to serve as a faculty member in a leadership development program for Minnesota educators, funded by the Bush Foundation. Conversations with K-12 educators over a period of several years convinced her that community engagement can address many of the challenges facing today's educators as they work to help students achieve at a higher level. Believing that "actions speak louder than words," she has been actively involved in her commu-nity's public schools, serving as co-chair of the local elemen-tary school site council, volunteering for district-level task forces, and regularly attending school conferences. She lives in Bloomington, Minnesota, with her two teenaged children, Claire and Jim.

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"A useful overview of ways to get communities more involved in local schools." -- Paul Loeb, Author "Chadwick provides clear information on the components of community engagement and many good ideas of how educators can collaborate with community partners to improve school programs and help more students succeed. This is an important part of a comprehensive program of school, family, and community partnerships." -- Joyce L. Epstein, Director "Our democracy depends on an informed, involved public, and our schools do as well. Kathy Chadwick provides deliberate, reasonable ways to seek public input, share data and information, and build community." -- Beverly Raimondo, Director

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