Community Schools@100%: Innovation 6
Connecting the Education System
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.6.1
Project 1: The “create the Community Schools@100% user-friendly website” project
This is where you design and launch your own family-friendly website for the public to post vital information on school services. As mentioned earlier, websites don’t just pop up easily, but there are free services online to help with design.
Project: Community Schools.6.2
Project 2: The “be patient and focused” project
Even completing a few of these projects will place you among the best-educated one percent when it comes to community schools in your area. One way to put that knowhow to good use is by serving on an advisory board or commission. Many — but not all — school, city, county and higher education organizations have them, and there are often more generic community advisory boards or advisory panels often needing members. This is your opportunity to ensure that community school progress is heard and that alignment of services becomes a reality.
Project: Community Schools.6.3
Project 3: The “email Community Schools@100% often” project
Emails and social marketing are good tools for outreach here. Social marketing strategies, just like website development, can be challenging, yet there are “how to” websites that can help you to facilitate this process. You should work to reach all stakeholders who have the concerns of families (and all residents) on their radar. You can send updates on all the work of your action teams to raise awareness and garner support.
Populations to target:
- Youth-serving groups
- Family-serving groups
- Faith-based groups
- Cultural groups
- Elected officials
- School staff
- School-based community agencies
- School district innovators
- School based health care providers
- Local health care providers and agencies providing medical, dental and mental health care