Standard 4

Standard 4: An education leader promotes the success of every student by collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  1. Collect and analyze data and information pertinent to the educational environment
  2. Promote understanding, appreciation, and use of the community’s diverse cultural, social, and intellectual resources
  3. Build and sustain positive relationships with families and caregivers
  4. Build and sustain productive relationships with community partners

The Educational Leaders Constituent Council (ELCC) has taken the ISLLC Standards and reworded them in the form of the expected knowledge and abilities that an aspiring leader
should possess. Their wording makes it easier to ask questions of oneself in terms of readiness for a formal leadership role.
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I believe this issue of ASCD Express provides a good resource on issues related to Standard 4. Take a few minutes to review Standard 4 and then peruse the attached resource to see what connections you make with # 4. (BC)

4.4 These pages have a lot of useful information and can help get parents involved in their child's education. (JS)
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The Detroit Free Press story (1/24/11) discusses the challenges facing schools where large numbers of immigrant children are enrolling. It raises a question for aspiring administrators: How important is it that you provide evidence of knowledge, dispositions, and performances in this area? Would it make you a more desirable applicant if you provided such evidence? (BC)

Many parents look to educators for guidance on parenting skills. What approach to parenting is better western or eastern cultures? Who does the best job of raising children, American moms or Chinese moms? This Daily Riff blog discusses an answer to this question. What advice do you give parents? (BC)

4.3 This report from the Daily Riff shares an example of a school that built good relationships with its parents. (BC)

4.3 This blogger claims we can improve our relations with parents if we pay attention to the "Star Wars lessons". (BC)

In this article, a school in Philadelphia has been enhancing their language services for parents who do not speak English. The government is pushing harder for public service agencies (including schools) to provide services for those who are non-English-speaking. It states that the agency, or school in this case, has to provide interpreters. The Memo states that the agency has to provide "meaningful access to people with limited-English skills." It proceeds to talk about the high cost of providing this service. (KCP)
Civil Rights Deal Signals Federal Push for Translation Services

Please click on the link above and watch the welcome and overview video. This is the website of the Junior Achievement Worldwide company (JA). They are a company that supports career focused education in the school setting and offers a variety of programs to help prepare students for the workplace. They have a simple vision - to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. The most beneficial program that they offer is the Job Shadow. They have partnered with AT&T, Compuware, Rock Financial, and Best Buy. Teachers can log on to their website and invite the Junior Achievement Worldwide company to come to their school. The JA Job Shadow program gives high school students the opportunity to learn first-hand about the world of work, and experience an up-close look at what it’s really like to be a part of the workforce. Students go through a one-day, on-site orientation in the workplace. Two teacher-led classroom sessions occur prior to the work-site visit, and one follow-up classroom session. This is a global company with locations around the world and a branch in southeast Michigan. (JC)

4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
Incredibly appropriate, fairly long article pertaining to standard 4.

4.2 Addressing the Issue of Diversity

Many schools support “ethnic” clubs, such as a Black Students’ Union or a Latino Club, but few create clubs aimed at bringing together students of different backgrounds and at challenging racism and prejudice. While it is important to provide spaces for students of similar backgrounds in which they can meet and support one another, it is also vital to provide an intentional space for building bridges to connect students across their differences. Diversity Clubs in High School (SP)

4.3, 4.4 Ed Week commentary - Parent and Community Engagement: Has Its Time Finally Come? Another Ed Week article contends that community involvement is the missing piece in the reform agenda. (BC)

4.3, 4.4 John Hopkins University is home to The Center on School, Family, and Community. (BC)

The National PTA has Standards that can be used by school leaders to assess their school's effectiveness in partnering with parents and community.

Here is an article from Scholastic's which gives you 5 Ways to Improve your Community Relates. We know how important it is to make sure all stakeholders are on the same page. These are some hopeful tactics to make sure of that. (BJ)

The Harvard Family Project web site appears to be a valuable resource. (BC)

4.2 I found this site which provides online PD to educators at a cost, however one of the PD sessions offered is on Courageous Conversations about Race. It is interesting that even PD can be done online now. Will this be the norm for PD in the future? (Double D)