Educators engage with community members and leaders to support holistic, future-focused activities and events for students and their families.
Tips from Parent Advisory Council members:
- Hold community discussions or create a community assets map to help families, staff, and community members get to know each other.
- Invite community members to school discussions and focus groups to help shape decisions before they are made.
- Identify and form partnerships with community leaders to empower families and members of those communities.
- Ask community groups and businesses to adopt a school to provide resources, student internships, job shadowing, and other career readiness skills.
Black River Falls High School has collaborated with the Ho-Chunk Nation to offer a Ho-Chunk and Ethnic Studies course for any high school student. Students hear from and interview guest speakers from the Ho-Chunk community. The course traces the history of the Ho-Chunk people and explores the role that cultural identity plays in an increasingly diverse society.
James Fenimore Cooper School has established a “teaching school” partnership with UW–Milwaukee to reduce class size (by decreasing teacher–student ratio) and to foster and nurture additional diverse role models, support, and levels of expertise.