Coalition for Community Schools - Because Every Child Deserves Every Chance

Stage 1 Milestone 3:Compile a Convincing Rationale

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MILESTONES:

imagemap CONVENE INNOVATORS ASSESS READINESS COMPILE A CONVINCING RATIONALE FOR SCALE-UP BROADEN COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP COMMIT TO A MOTIVATING SHARED VISION INCREASE VISIBILITY

STAGE 1: DECIDE TO SCALE UP
Milestone #3: Compile a Convincing Rationale for Scale-Up


Some things to think about:


If the facts suggest that your community is ready for scale-up, compile your findings into a series of talking points or other presentations for use in convincing others of the merits of community schools. Try to convey not only the facts but also the shared beliefs and attitudes about community schools. Refer to the principles of community schools, the conditions for learning outlined in Part One, the rationale put forth by the Coalition for Community Schools, and the experience of other communities.

Presentations need not be lengthy or "slick," but they must be coherent and compelling if they are to attract new participants. The case for scaling up community schools must:

Develop a clear and succinct rationale for community schools as an innovation that works. The information in this guide can help you explain the rationale for community schools and how they work.

Highlight ongoing work at schools. It is likely that the presence of a community school in your area has fueled your interest. Use that experience and the voices of principals, teachers, community partners, students, and families to help make the case.

Make the case attractive. Your talking points should describe how scaling up community schools meets each of the following tests for a successful innovation:

  • Advantages. The community will benefit along several dimensions.
  • Compatibility. Changes will be compatible with public education’s core mission and values.
  • Simplicity. The ideas underlying community schools are easy to understand.
  • Try-ability. Community schools lend themselves to phased-in implementation.
  • Observability. Positive results are visible.

You may want to refine the above list as you more fully develop your scale-up vision and phase in the community schools strategy, drawing in new champions and building broad community support.

Show that now is the time for scale-up. Use the facts you have gathered to assess both internal and external readiness.


 

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