Goal: Engage in dialogue and partnership with community organizations to augment resources and leverage our rich ecosystem of current Silicon Valley neighbors to advance digital learning beyond the boundaries of our schools. Evidence of success can be defined by the following elements, with examples listed in the accordion below.
Local community engagement and outreach
The school serves as a hub of the local community. As such, it actively involves the community in achieving its learning goals, reaching out to the community to (1) extend learning into community centers, libraries, businesses, higher education institutions, museums, and other public spaces; (2) bring relevance to curricula through partnerships that take the shape of apprenticeships, community service, and the use of community-based experts and resources; (3) implement community-based exhibitions, reviews, critiques, and celebrations of student work; and (4) coordinate after school programs, including collaboration with the school and students’ teachers. Community Engagement and Outreach.
Global and cultural awareness
The community partnerships extend and deepen students’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of cultures and communities other than their own. Digital networks enable students and education professionals to connect, interact, and collaborate with other students, experts, and organizations from outside of their locale. The school builds the capacity of students to recognize and value diversity, enabling them to participate successfully in community partnerships online and face-to-face.
Digital learning environments as connectors to local/global communities
The school district has established a digital learning environment that offers students access, e-communication, resource libraries, file exchanges, and Web tools, which facilitate interactions among peers and between teachers, parents, and students in school and beyond. District leaders build digital citizenship in students and structure online communities that to ensure online safety and security.
Parental communication and engagement
School leaders engage parents and students in home-to-school communications through a variety of venues. While this may include internet-based solutions, it also includes options that do not depend on connectivity in the home.
Branding is defined as the marketing practice of creating a name, symbol, or design that identifies and differentiates a product from other products. It’s critical that our schools develop a brand as well, and that the brand represents visionary thinking and 21st Century learning. The brand should be transparent to all members within the organization—they must all be telling the same story, one that they believe in and stand behind.
Pathway programs at Paly incorporate collaboration within the programs and with outside partnerships. For example, here is a list of guest presenters for the Sports Career Pathway:
- Al Guido: president of the 49'ers
- Lisa Green: certified athletic trainer, physical therapist
- Chris Gaines: owner of Performance Gaines
- Kate Scott: KNBR Sports Anchor