I have been writing recently about the relationship between community planning and school planning and I was pleased to see a tweet from School Health Insider (twitter: @SHInsidertweets) with a planning tool from UCLA’s psychology department. The planning tool, called the School-Community Collaboration: A Self-study Survey, is comprehensive checklist of key areas in which school and community planning should be integrated.
Perhaps most importantly, the survey attends to both how the community can play a role in the school, and how the school can play a role in the community. The study begins be emphasizing four key issues:
As you work toward enhancing such collaboration, it helps to clarify what you have in place as a basis for determining what needs to bedone. You will want to pay special attention to
• the mechanisms used to enhance collaboration
• clarifying what resources already are available
• how the resources are organized to work together
• what procedures are in place for enhancing resource usefulness
This survey is a tool to support effective collaborative planning and a reminder of the deep need for such collaboration as well as the fundamental complexity and difficulty of engaging in such work.