Community Engagement

The solutions we seek to transform public education and make it work for all children will only happen when we begin to understand that educators and education systems alone do not have the answers. A sincere partnership with community where the assets and cultural capital are acknowledged and solutions are co-created is the only viable way for us to move forward at the neighbourhood and system levels. Education leaders need to be grounded in the communities they serve.

This requires transparency about challenges, listening to varied perspectives, humility, moving beyond “lip-service” and “tokenism” and co-creating solutions. Education systems need to move away from surface parent involvement and/or casting communities as “the problem”, to creating tables for both solutions and accountability. This is the only way we will re-shape education and re-build trust and public confidence.