In a community school system, the intermediary entity is an organization or network of organizations that leads the planning, coordination, and management. The intermediary’s role is to ensure communication between community-wide and site leaders and facilitate operational functions across platforms and sites. They convene leadership; provide strategic planning and follow-through, ensuring that what happens at the community leadership level empowers students, families, and practitioners at the school site. In community school systems, the intermediary plays an even greater role in the management and coordination of the community schools and their multiple partners. Intermediaries can be school districts, nonprofit organizations, and community planning councils, higher education institutions, local education funds, local government, or United Ways. Each community selects the intermediary that brings the greatest expertise and resources for their unique community context.
An intermediary carries out four critical functions: 1) engaging, convening and supporting diverse groups and communities; 2) establishing quality standards and promoting accountability; 3) brokering and leveraging resources; and 4) promoting effective policy measures.
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