Community Schools@100%: Innovation 4
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Community Schools.4.1
Project 1: The “let’s collaborate to make community schools the norm” project
If all the players work together, we may help turn all schools into community schools through collaboration and the strategic use of data and technology. This starts with joining or creating a countywide and statewide network of community school programs. This will allow you to have a strong voice in your school community, as well as your city, county and state government. You may find that local lawmakers, while sympathetic to the issues, do not see addressing traumatized students who struggle at school as the role of county or city government. For this reason, coalitions matter and they can be a force for awareness.
Your county and state network can educate local lawmakers about a new role for government: ensuring no student is marginalized. This is done through partnerships between school districts and local government. This group can also work to elect officials who will prioritize success for all students. Technology can connect everyone in the network with a shared vision, goals, activities, use of data, use of communication and messaging and evaluation processes. Your action team starts with identifying all current community schools and those wishing to become one.