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Stage 6: Milestone 5

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STAGE 6: CONTINUE IMPROVEMENT AND EXPANSION
Milestone #5: Preparation and Professional Development


Pay attention to the preparation and professional development programs that the school system offers for principals and teachers and do the same for community partners. Successful scale-up demands that education and community leaders learn about the principles underlying community schools and target appropriate preparation programs to teachers, principals, social workers, health professionals, youth development workers, and others.

To make community schools work at scale, the academic programs that train community school personnel must transmit the knowledge and skills needed to build community and school partnerships. One possibility is to have community schools function as professional development schools linked to schools of education. For example, the Edison Community School in Portchester, New York, serves as a professional development school that operates in partnership with Manhattanville College to offer teacher preparation in a community school setting. Teachers learn to teach and to work effectively with families and the community. The growing emphasis on clinical preparation of teachers may open the door for community school leaders to be trained directly in community schools.

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