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Community educators

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.

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.

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.

Six tips for engaging a community educator

Explore this resource to learn six tips for engaging a community educator:

  1. Set the purpose of the engagement.
  2. Think about unique perspectives.
  3. Map your community to identify community educators.
  4. Invite with clarity.
  5. Collaborate together.
  6. Set the visit up for success.


Community educator asset map

An asset map is a visual way to identify resources within your community. A map focused on identifying community educators can help your team compile your collective knowledge into a useful resource of community educator lists, by topic or essential question. The act of creating a map of expertise can help you discover connections you already have, organizations you’d love to know about, and talents and resources near your school or available virtually.

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.