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Engage Stakeholders

Districts work with schools, families, communities, and partners (from the local level to the national level) to ensure equal ownership and equal voice in implementing their district’s goals and vision for their equitable, multi-level system of supports.

Meaningful partnerships in a district-wide system

District leadership teams engage with stakeholders by taking a systemic approach. They engage at the state, region, and district levels to ensure all learners have access to the supports they need for college career readiness. Districts work to consistently provide the best opportunities for their communities, families, learners, and schools.

Tied to the community, district, region, state, and national levels; successful districts effectively and efficiently build cultural and linguistic bridges across stakeholders and the system. Districts know and understand what works best for engaging stakeholders because they assess their system and use their data strategically.

Stakeholders in an equitable, multi-level system of supports

Districts get a deep understanding of their system through a multitude of perspectives. Stakeholders represent larger groups and serve as authentic partners in feedback loops to provide a broad scope. Their broader view helps schools and teachers grow their capacity. These perspectives include (not limited to):

Student groups

Across the district, student councils and student voice groups provide a continuum of communication between district leadership teams and students served by the district. Students might see what district leadership is not seeing and district leadership might see what students are not seeing.

Families represent the community you serve

Family representatives help demystify the interworking of the district by communicating with all families, getting feedback, and then, communicating family voice back to the district.

Families help the district understand the unique identities of the families they serve.

Communities (businesses, non-profit partners, government, colleges/universities, etc.)

Communities help coordinate opportunities for districts, schools, families, teachers, staff, students, and all system stakeholders. Community members in your district can help:

  • Reinforce cultural values of acceptable/unacceptable behavior,
  • offer opportunities like leadership positions,
  • provide collective ownership and a supportive environment, and
  • bring community challenges and opportunities back to the district.

School, district, regional, state, and national level staff and partners

Staff members represent multiple skills and unique perspectives. They pay particular attention to providing voice for underserved learner populations.


Key Resources For Engage Stakeholders