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Building Community Schools

About this training

This training is designed to equip union leaders and their organizing staff with an understanding of community schools, the capacity to assess their current power and determine one or more meaningful and achievable goals, and then plan a campaign that advances the local union’s vision for community schools in their district. We recognize that participants come from a mix of backgrounds and so this training provides a variety of entry points to kick off a campaign. The road to a community school is seldom linear. Success will require flexibility and a great deal of collaboration among stakeholders.

The training also connects community schools to the AFT’s Four Pillars to Achieve Powerful, Purposeful Public Education: (1) promoting children’s well-being; (2) supporting powerful learning; (3) building capacity and (4) fostering collaboration and shows how community schools embody the AFT’s vision for public education.