One of my passions is community engagement. I believe that if we create a genuine space, people will come and share their ideas and passions--and commitment to public education. When I talk about this, I often get pushback from the people who work and lead our school districts. No one comes. People don't have time. We don't have time, or money, to plan it. Only the cranky people come.
I understand that perspective as it is based on experience. One that often comes out of what we encounter in public hearings.
Here is an example of what a community can do when visionary leadership calls for genuine community engagement. In Bibb County, Georgia, 4,000 people are participating in the district's strategic planning process. Read more about The Macon Miracle here.