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Professional Learning

Community Schools: Getting Started & Grounded in Community School Best Practices & Starting Key Strategies

In this course, you will learn the history of Community Schools and how to help build one.

At a Glance

You will learn how to use the pillars of Community Schools and best practice benchmarks to achieve your school and community vision, start mapping, and begin preparations for the needs/asset assessment.


  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Positive School Environments


  • Understand the history of Community Schools
  • Understand how the pillars of community schools and the best practice benchmarks work together
  • Unpack your individual and district/community purpose and motivation
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: July 31, 2020


Audience Role

  • Affiliate
  • Education Support Professional
  • Specialized Instruction Support Personnel
  • Teacher


  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School

Session Length

6-8 weeks

Session Format


This is a program NEA makes available for affiliate use as a professional offering to educators.  NEA Community Schools: Getting Started & Grounded in Community School Best Practices & Starting Key Strategies Blended Learning modules may already be offered through your local or state association.  Please contact your state or local association if you are interested in getting a blended learning cohort started.


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