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Beyond the School Walls: A Case Study of Principal Leadership for School-Community Collaboration.


by Mavis Sanders & Adia Harvey — 2002

This case study describes how one urban elementary school in a high-reform district and state has been able to develop strong connections with community businesses and organizations as part of its program of school, family, and community partnerships. The case study identifies four factors that allowed the school to build successful bridges to its community. These factors are (1) the school’s commitment to learning; (2) the principal’s support and vision for community involvement; (3) the school’s receptivity and openness to community involvement; and (4) the school’s willingness to engage in two-way communication with potential community partners about their level and kind of involvement. The concluding section of the paper discusses the implications of the study’s findings for school, district, and state educational leaders.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 7, 2002, p. 1345-1368
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10994, Date Accessed: 10/1/2014 12:15:51 PM

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  • Mavis Sanders
    Johns Hopkins University
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    MAVIS SANDERS earned her PhD in education from Stanford University and holds a joint appointment as research scientist at the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR) and assistant professor in the Graduate Division of Education, Johns Hopkins University. Her research and teaching interests include school reform, parent and community involvement, and African American student achievement
  • Adia Harvey
    Johns Hopkins University
    ADIA HARVEY is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology Department at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include gender identity development, community activism, and social change
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