Community educators are adults from the community who bring additional capacity, insight, talent and expertise to learning environments, and they are a critical component of the Next Education Workforce. MLFTC created these resources to support schools as they build out their community educator pipelines and meaningfully incorporate community educators into educator teams.
New support roles for educator teams in online and hybrid settings
Teaching in online and hybrid settings presents both new challenges and new opportunities for distributing expertise across educator teams. Community educators (among others) may be untapped assets for teams seeking to better support students’ social-emotional health, deepen and personalize student learning, and increase the number of caring adults present in students’ lives. This resource begins by defining the groups of adults who might be leveraged to support students, and then proposes the specific roles those adults might play in the learning space.
Training for community educators
MLFTC is in the process of building a number of online learning experiences — nanocourses — that take 10-20 minutes to complete and give future community educators actionable and immediately implementable strategies for supporting learners.
Building schedules for remote community educators in 5 steps
As schools build teams of educators with distributed expertise, and especially as they increase the number of community educators on their teams, scheduling becomes an increasingly complex task. Here, you’ll find five actionable steps for building schedules for remote community educators that are responsive to student and team needs and maximize community educators’ skills and talents. You’ll also find a link to a customizable Google Sheet that will support you as you begin the process of scheduling community educators at your own school site. Finally, note that while our recommendations are framed at the school level, they could easily be adapted to grade-level teams, multi-grade teams and cross-grade departmental teams.
SPARK School invites community educators to the classroom
As part of their preparation for a mock trial, students at SPARK School prepared interview questions for a community expert — lawyer Brandon Brown of the United States Attorney’s Office. Hear from MLFTC teacher candidate Zoe Glover about the value of having community educators like Mr. Brown share their expertise with students.
Building a network of community educators
A K–8 district in the West Valley partnered with MLFTC to study how the district currently uses volunteers and community organizations, as well as to identify action steps that can support ongoing development of a network of community educators. MLFTC interviewed 23 administrators, faculty members and community educators from three West Valley schools: West Valley Middle, Coyote Canyon and Liberty Elementary. This report outlines the results. Engage with it to learn about community educator roles; knowledge, skills and dispositions; policies and practices; and more.