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Connection and Collaboration

CTA’s community engagement efforts are an integral part of our 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. 

CTA’s Community Engagement and Coalition Building Grant Programs offer financial awards to new projects that explore building community connections.  

For more ideas on how to reach out, and build and embrace Community Engagement programs in your area, check out the Community Engagement Toolkit in our Leader Resource Center. 

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

— CTA Strategic Plan

Taking Community Engagement Nationwide

Family and community engagement is increasingly important for schools and districts not only in California, but across the country.

U.S. Department of Education's Partners in Education

“The Partners Education: in A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships” document lays out goals and conditions necessary to chart a path toward effective family engagement efforts that are linked to student achievement and school improvement.

U.S. Department of Education's Parent Checklist

The “What Parents and Caregivers Can Ask and Do to Help Children Thrive at School Parent Checklist” was made just for parents to help students thrive in school.

U.S. Department of Education: Family and Community Engagement

When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.

Educator and Community Stories

California educators are connected with their students’ families and their local communities. Learn more about what CTA community engagement looks like across California.

Our Partner Programs

CTA promotes programs and maintains relationships with a variety of organizations that support the whole child, including Impact Teen Drivers, Donors Choose, and the CDC’s Keeping Kids Healthy Program and more.