IEL staff Helen Janc Malone and Reuben Jacobson contributed a chapter to a recently released book entitled Flip the System: Changing Education from the Ground Up. The book explores grassroots, school-community ideas as levers for educational change.
Malone and Jacobson’s chapter, “Supporting and Empowering Teachers: The Role of School-Community Partnerships,” highlights strategies and practices that community schools use to flip the system and empower teachers to redesign an equity-driven approach to education reform.
Examples include how the Los Angeles Education Partnership enables teachers to create learning environments responsive to student and community needs. Teachers have a rule in school governance, engaging families and community partners, and more. At Social Justice Academy employs teams made of the principal, teachers, and a community school coordinator to examine students’ academic and social-emotional needs and align supports to meet those needs.
“We’re interested in who’s going to be making decisions with the students in mind. Too long teachers have been out of the policy aspect of education. We’ve been receiving the orders. We’d like to be part of the conversation to make sure the right things are being done,” says Humanitas principal José Navarro.
Flip the System was edited by Jelmer Evers and René Kneyber and was published by Routledge in association with Education International.
Malone and Jacobson recently authored a Huffington Post blog post excerpting their chapter.