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Collective Action for Literacy

School communities are rich with often untapped assets, strengths, capacity and resources found within families, local associations, businesses and other institutions such as libraries and places of worship. There is great potential for schools to connect, build relationships and draw on these resources to support the work of teachers and create enhanced learning opportunities.

Assets For Education

There are countless examples of schools that have been innovative in mobilizing assets of the broader community and we hope to highlight many of these success stories.  What works in one school community may not be relevant in another, but learning from the efforts of others can spark ideas and inspiration. Bringing the extended school community together in conversation can be a first step in highlighting possibilities, exploring available assets and taking action. Cafe introduces schools (either virtually or through an in-person orientation workshop) to resources for exploring the key elements of community engagement. More on assets for education …

Building A Reading Community

To illustrate how these community development strategies can support school goals, Cafe has co-developed with Calgary Reads the Building a Reading Community resource. This resource is designed to guide school communities through an easy-to-follow process for self-organizing around the school-wide goal of improved literacy.

In conjunction with Building a Reading Community, Calgary Read’s Literacy-in-a-box initiative provides a number of easy-to-follow guides and resources for hosting family literacy events. Using the Building a Reading Community resource makes it easy to mobilize and lead the extended school community in locally relevant actions to make a difference for young readers. More on building a reading community…  

Parents As Partners

Engaged parents can be a critical piece to the success of a school community. However, it can be a challenge to provide opportunities for parents to be involved in ways that are meaningful and rewarding for each of them while making a difference for the school community. Cafe shares elements of an asset-based, capacity-building orientation in order to help capitalize on the strength of parents as partners in learning.  More on engaging parents

Café For The Classroom

Children also have a multitude of gifts and talents to contribute to the school and extended community. Recognizing these strengths makes it easier for students to see their place and potential contributions to the greater community. Activities that emphasize the importance of connecting at the community level and building supportive relationships reinforces curriculum learning areas related to citizenship and community.  Café share stories, activities and resources that highlight the importance of community in a child’s life.   More on Café for the classroom…

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