Community Engagement – From Pre-Application through Opening
Presenter: Dr. Sara Asmussen, Dr. Lisa DiGaudio,
Date: February 16, 2021 1:00 pm
Target Region: Anywhere
Target Audience: Administration, Business Managers, Governing Board Members
Category: General, School and Student Operations
Authentic community engagement is an integral part of creating, starting and sustaining a high-quality charter school. In this session, we will walk participants through effective community engagement processes and practices from the point of concept through opening. Such processes and practices include: creating digital and print communications; identifying the right groups and individuals to engage throughout the process; using surveys and focus groups to gain meaningful input on the school design; documenting the engagement process and input from stakeholders; facilitating effective public meetings; shifting from securing application support to recruiting students; turning application allies into community partners during the planning year; bringing parents and board members onto the board; building sustainable systems for community involvement. We will provide links to planning tools, templates and exemplars to support groups in their own community engagement efforts.