EDU548: School and Community Partnerships

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Course Hours Per Week:

Course Overview

This course prepares school administrators to evaluate the needs of a school and the community it serves and to develop a plan for engaging the larger learning community (families, business partners, non-profit organizations, universities, and health and human services) in order to reach student achievement goals. By investigating the relationship of schools with families and the larger community, the course explores:

  • How and when to adapt instructional programs to meet communities’ needs
  • Using resources from communities to support instructional goals
  • Planning programs that build school and community relationships

The course will be structured around the framework of the six standards for parent and community involvement established by the National PTA:

  1. Communicating
  2. Parenting
  3. Student Learning
  4. Volunteering
  5. School Decision Making
  6. Advocacy and Collaborating with the Community

This course includes a 40 hour internship that takes place in a K-12 school or district setting.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Develop strategies for communicating the school vision to families, students, and community members, enlisting family and community commitment and support in implementing the vision, and resolving related conflicts.
  • Assess school culture and community conditions using context-appropriate methods and research-based trends, capitalizing on the diversity of the school community to improve school programs and meet the learning needs of all students, including students with exceptional needs.
  • Identify strategies for generating and leveraging family and community resources and engaging diverse family and community members in educational decision-making and program delivery in order to positively affect student learning.
  • Compose a communications and community engagement plan that includes: media, community organizations (business, religious, political, education, and health and social services), families, and other stakeholders in data-driven marketing and improvement of the school.
  • Collaborate with community agencies to integrate health, social services, mental health, youth services and other community resources to support student development and the success of the school and of the community it serves.
  • Interact respectfully, impartially, and ethically with families and community members from diverse and conflicting perspectives concerning achievement trends, issues, and policies affecting students, the school and the community.
  • Explain how the legal, political, economic, and social systems as well as the community context have shaped the vision, mission, programs, policies and decision making processes of the school.
  • Develop policies and programs that encourage family and community partnerships and promote equitable learning opportunities and success for all students, regardless of socioeconomic background, ethnicity, gender, disability, or other individual characteristics.

Course Prerequisites

Special Requirements


(2) POSSESS 2.5 CUMULATIVE GPA: Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in courses completed within the program specialization.

(3) SECURE INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT: Secure a placement in an American school that (1) consists of a K-12 school/district setting at the grade levels required for the intended principal/administrator license, and (2) provides multiple opportunities to work directly with students from diverse backgrounds (i.e., students who are English language learners, of both genders, from different socioeconomic backgrounds, from different ethnic/racial groups, students with different learning ability levels, etc.).NOTE: (1) The same placement may be utilized for EDU556, EDU548, EDU611 and EDU612.

(4) SECURE QUALIFIED MENTOR PRINCIPAL / ADMINISTRATOR AND SUBMIT MENTOR QUALIFICATIONS:Identify a mentor who (1) possesses a current United States principal/administrator license, (2) has three years or more of licensed experience as a principal/administrator, and (3) currently works in the role of a principal/administrator. Submit a copy of mentor’s state license, and a copy of mentor’s resume to Student Services. NOTE: Candidates are permitted and encouraged to work with the same mentor in EDU556, EDU548, EDU611 and EDU612.

(5) SUBMIT DISTRICT AGREEMENT FORM: Submit a completed District Agreement Form to Student Services.NOTE: Candidates are not required to submit a District Agreement Form for EDU548 if the clinical practice placement information has not changed.

(6) SUBMIT COMPLETED EDU548 PREREQUISITE CHECKLIST: Submit completed and signed prerequisite form to your Student Solutions Advisor.