Educational leaders as catalyst for connecting school and community: uncovering leadership strategies for forging school, family, and community partnerships

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Aaron Michael Woody (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Rick Reitzug

Abstract: Understanding the development of community within schools, while critical, has always been problematic. The recent focus on high-stakes standardized testing has only exacerbated this phenomenon and further promoted the dehumanization of students in our schools. An urgent need in research today is to study what strategies are most effective in developing relationships between the school and the home. This qualitative case study examined how one "highly-impacted" elementary school is finding success in developing community relationships.This study seeks to understand the practical approaches utilized to cultivate connections between the school and its participants and constituents. The intent of the study was also to uncover how strategies are employed to overcome the obstacles that preclude such connections. The findings of the study illuminate how a school community can overcome the obstacles that get in the way of creating meaningful connections with all school constituents. This research has the potential to lend valuable insight into policies and practices educational leaders use to sustain connected learning communities, thereby enhancing the engagement and learning of all school stakeholders.

Additional Information

Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2010
Keywords
Community, Elementary, Family, Partnerships, Principal, School
Subjects
Educational leadership $x Social aspects $z United States.
Education, Elementary $x Parent participation.
Community and school.