Key Practice 4
Rigorous community-connected classroom instruction is teaching and learning in the school that infuses high-level content and skills with real-world learning opportunities. The curriculum is deeply connected to the local community and students’ identities, cultures, and experiences, providing opportunities for students to engage in meaningful inquiry-based learning and problem solving. Embracing the link between learning and community, teachers and community school staff ensure that students and communities have opportunities to access rich, challenging, and culturally relevant curriculum and pedagogy, while accessing community resources and supports
“Classroom Teachers in the Community Schools Movement: A Social Justice Perspective.” American Educator. American Federation of Teachers (Spring 2020).
Daniel, Julia, et al. “Teaching in Community Schools: Creating Conditions for Deeper Learning.” Review of Research in Education (Vol. 43, Issue 1, March 2019).
“Stages of Development.” Community Schools Forward, 2022.
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