Makes professional contributions to school, district, and school community.

What Effective Teachers Will Do

Effective educators recognize their role as part of an interdependent school system and make contributions to the educational system. They are willing to accept, plan, and facilitate activities which promote individual growth and establish positive school and community relations. They advocate for learners, the school, the community, and the profession.

What Effective Teachers Consider

How well do I know my school community? What are the community values and expectations? Am I a critical part of my school community? Do my contributions make an impact on the educational system?

  • Priority Schools Campaign (Anne T. Henderson, National Education Association (2011). )
    This NEA document includes suggestions for building effective family-school-community partnerships. It includes strategies for working with families and communities to advance student learning. There are suggestions for teachers to get involved at local, district, state, and national levels. The Executive Summary, which begins on page 6, is a good place to start.
  • Partnering with Families and Communities (Joyce L. Epstein and Karen Clark Salinas, Educational Leadership: Schools as Learning Communities, Volume 61, Number 8, pp. 12-18, May 2004.)
    This article describes Joyce Epstein’s Six Types of Involvement to help build positive school-community partnerships. The article provides several excellent suggestions for collaborating with community members to create effective learning environments.
  • The Importance of Community Involvement in Schools (Annie O’Brien, Edutopia, March 21, 2012. )
    This article discusses how to begin linking school and community.
  • Action Steps for Implementing Family and Community Involvement In School Health (Concept to Action, 2003.)
    This article lists action steps that can be taken by schools, families, students, community members, and colleges and universities to improve educational involvement.
  • Fostering School, Family, and Community Involvement
    (Howard Adelman and Linda Taylor, Hamilton Fish Institute, Washington, DC, September 2007. )
    This book (133 pages) is available in PDF format on-line. It includes effective strategies for creating safer schools and communities with many tools to help in the process. It also has additional resources and reading material included at the end.
  • Influence the Psychology of Persuasion
    (Robert B Cialdini, William Morrow Inc., 1984, 1992, 2006.)
    This book explains what moves people to change behavior based on 35 years of evidence-based research.
  • Family and Community Partnerships
    (Joyce Epstein, School, Westview Press, 2011.)
    As partners, parents and teachers share responsibility for the education and development of their children. Epstein provides the material needed to help current educators think about, talk about, and then act to develop comprehensive programs of school, family, and community partnerships.
  • What is Service Learning? (8 min) Nancy H. Bratton, Corporation for National and Community Service, 2013.
    This video gives an overview of service learning, and explains how a service learning program can benefit the community and the classroom.