When you engage your community in defining quality teaching and learning, you create new opportunities for participation, ownership and responsibility.

In the process of engagement, it's important to
  • reach out to a variety of groups and individuals who will be invested in your work
  • set clear expectations about what you want them to do and why
  • explain clearly  your activities and goals, and
  • create a process and environment in which participants can work together confidently and comfortably.
Based on this foundation, the group will start to identify needs and opportunities to recruit additional stakeholders for future work.
These video stories reflect the myriad of ways people can work to create and expand quality program offerings.

Featured Resources

How to Engage Your Community
This presentation is a step-by-step process for identifying members of your community who can best support your efforts.

Letter Inviting Others to Help Create Quality
This template allows you to customize an invitation letter to community members outlining how they can take part in discussions, give feedback, and inform your community’s investment in quality.  

Letter Confirming Creating Quality Participation

This template allows you to customize a letter to participants in your process confirming the time, location, directions, and other details of the meetings.

“I do this work on behalf of the symphony because the greater the role the symphony has in creating a thriving arts scene in our schools, the better off we all are. The quality observations and discussions allow me to have a finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the schools. This helps me in developing programming that speaks directly to the students and teachers, which means that it has the greatest possible impact. I feel that all of us involved in the quality process are helping to raise the creativity bar for our kids.”

Jamie Allen

Jamie Allen

Director of Education
Dallas Symphony Orchestra