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Community Engagement

What it's all about

CTA's Community Engagement efforts are an integral part of the organization's Strategic Plan. Community Engagement provides services statewide to local chapters, UniServ units and Service Center Councils in support of community engagement projects. The goal is to build strong, collaborative relationships between communities and local chapters statewide. These efforts focus on developing projects and partnerships in support of public schools and their surrounding communities.

For more ideas on how to reach out, and build and embrace Community Engagement programs in your area, check out the Community Engagement Took Kit in our Leader Resource Center. Learn about Relational Organizing and how to conduct one-on-one relational conversations and house meetings.

To promote and assist in the effort, check out CTA's Community Engagement and Coalition Building Grant programs where thousands of dollars are awarded annually to scores of projects statewide.

Taking Community Engagement Nation-Wide

Family and community engagement is increasingly important for schools and districts not only in California, but across the country. Check out the U.S. Department of Education's Partners in Education framework document. You can also view a checklist made just for parents to help them thrive in school (which is available in Spanish, too). There’s a wealth of additional information and resources available, including resources about staying healthy, preventing bullying and succeeding beyond school and outside of the classroom.


"Building vibrant, ongoing and mutually beneficial partnerships with parents, students, other unions and community organizations is essential for CTA’s long-term success."

Every child deserves a chance to learn and no child succeeds alone.

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