Parent Teacher Association

Lessons Learned: Bridging the Gap Between a School and a Community

Guest post by Eddie Gleason

Meaningful family-community engagement and principal leadership are two essential components for effective school improvement. Yet, these two elements often operate separately from each other, and collaboration between school leaders and the community can be a challenge.

October is National Principals Month, which presents an opportunity for communities to recognize the important work principals do for our students across the country. In recognition of this annual celebration, I’m going to share with you how my local Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and our elementary school principal worked together to unite a community in educating our students.

Recently, as a PTA officer and the only male on the executive committee at my local elementary school, I was assigned to connect with the new school principal. (more…)