The WWSU Community Coalition is in the process of implementing strategies and planning events to help us achieve our goals, and we now need your help. Please, Please, Please…
- Complete our survey. This data helps us understand the current state and needs of our communities as it relates to beliefs and values in education.
- Join us for the launch of our Community Conversations through a screening of the Sundance Film Festival Winner, “Most Likely to Succeed” on January 14, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m. in the Harwood Union High School Auditorium.
- Consider participating in the Community Conversation series in March – details forthcoming.
Questions – please contact Harwood Community Coalition representative, Amy Rex, [firstname.lastname@example.org or 882-1142]
Community Engagement Coalition Update
In April 2015, the Washington West Supervisory Union received a Community Engagement grant. As Harwood and the WWSU make the shift to a proficiency-based learning system, it is imperative that communities are not just informed about their local public schools, but also actively engaged in the educational process. Authentic community engagement is an ongoing, participatory, inclusive process that ensures diverse voices and perspectives are heard and considered when important decisions are made about our schools and children.
As Harwood and the other WWSU schools continue to engage in ambitious work, community engagement is an expressed priority. To this end, we have identified two preliminary goals for this work:
- Engage staff and community members in the overarching goal of fulfilling the promise of a 21st Century Education by preparing all students in the schools of WWSU for college, career, and civic participation, and clearly define for all why a proficiency-based learning system best drives this transition.
- Improve communication and community engagement through a new and expanded shared-leadership model which includes the WWSU Leadership Team as well as school-based leadership teams.
Since receiving this grant last April, a “coalition” made up of WWSU administrators, teachers and community members from each town have been working with Everyday Democracy, an organization committed to helping communities collaboratively improve public life. Through regular meetings, we have developed a set of goals and processes to achieve them.
The Community Coalition goals include:
- We will have a culture of engagement where all voices are heard and impact decision-making/change.
- We will understand the community’s shared and diverse values and concerns about education.
- The community will have a shared understanding of the WWSU proficiency based learning system.