What separates community schools from wrap-around services is the essential role of community engagement. Community schools are built on the community’s strengths and focus on improving the well-being of the entire community. To make this happen, community school leaders seek and act on community input; they work in partnership with grass roots community organizations. In thriving and sustainable community school initiatives, community stakeholders help develop the vision of a community school, and oversee its implementation. Shared ownership with the community paves the way for joint accountability and success, and serves as an organic vehicle for advocacy on behalf of the community school.
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