External publics directly influence school operations and outcomes. Administrators and district leaders communicate with many organizations and informal publics. In this way, they are able to enhance the services the school offers and the work in the classroom, thereby improving school outcomes. However, many classroom teachers do not communicate with external sources. Nor are they aware of the effectiveness of external publics in assisting with the educational process.
Are you aware of community resources that may be helping you in your classroom efforts? There are a number of resources in every community. They include teacher associations, professional associations, health organizations, support groups for families, social agencies, faith-based organizations and businesses that lend resources to schools on a regular basis.
Investigate the Community Resources available to you as a classroom teacher or school building administrator and do the following:
- Develop a list of at least 20 resources available to you as an educator, both on the Internet and in your community. These resources should provide either personal or professional assistance in serving your classroom or school. List the resource name, contact information, and a brief synopsis of the service they provide.
Support your statements with evidence from the required studies and your research. Cite and reference your sources in APA style.