An educational leader promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs and mobilizing community resources.


Transformational leadership requires educational leaders to expand their umbrella of ownership to the community as a whole, and not solely within the confines of campus. By promoting membership, participation, and learning within the community, a learning organization can enroll family and community-school partnerships with the aims of growing acceptance, establishing competence, and encouraging high expectations for all students.

Hackathon Consortium Programming Event

Spring 2017
d. Collaboratively establishes a culture that welcomes and honors families and community and seeks ways to engage them in student learning.

The HyperStream STEM Equity Consortium recruited fifteen businesses to serve as authentic partners for a project-based learning event focusing on a robotic marketing campaign. Groups were formed between the students of Ankeny, Dallas Center-Grimes, Johnston, and Waukee and supported financially by the Principal and the Technology Association of Iowa called a Hackathon. 

Johnston Spotlight: Summit Taken Over By Hackers

Story by Rylee Robinson


EDL 274: Pecha Kucha | Project-Based Learning

EDL 274: Community and Society, Spring 2016
b. Promotes and supports a structure for family and community involvement in the education system.

The HyperStream Pecha Kucha, a fast-paced presentation, provided a celebration of what can be accomplished when schools promote and utilize the involvement of families and the community as a whole. 

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EDL 274: Shared Vision for Parent Involvement

EDL 274: Community and Society, Spring 2016
c. Facilitates the connections of students and families to the health and social services that support a focus on learning.

Understanding that family involvement has a large impact on student achievement is a necessity for transformative leaders. The provided systematic process of the Plan-Do-Study-Act focuses on a framework for supporting a healthy family and community relationship with the school.

Community Newsletter Examples

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
a. Engages family and community by promoting shared responsibility for student learning and support of the education system.

Communication is key for engaging families and the community in the shared learning of students. By promoting program successes and opportunities to become involved, a leader opens the door for creating authentic partnerships with, and support for, their educational system.