What is Community Education?
Community Education is a philosophical concept that promotes lifelong learning and community building activities while emphasizing an expanded role for public education and other human service organizations in meeting the needs of communities and improving the quality of life for all. Community Education is a way for people to enhance their lives and communities through learning and collaboration. Community Education emphasizes increased involvement of parents, businesses, and community members with the local public school system and lifelong learning while providing opportunities for local community members, schools, and other organizations to become partners in addressing educational and community concerns.
Community Education Services/Programs:
- Afterschool Programs
Before and afterschool programs provide a safe, enriched, academically enhanced, and recreational extension to the regular school day during non-school hours (before or after school) or periods when school is not in session. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families, and inspire students to learn. For more information, please click on the Afterschool Programs button on the left side of the page.
- Service-Learning Programs
Service-Learning is a teaching method that combines classroom studies with community service in a way that improves student academic grades and increases school attendance and helps students develop personal and social responsibility while at the same time improving their community. Service-Learning programs benefit students during the regular school day and also as part of an Afterschool program. For more information, please click on the Service-Learning button on the left side of the page.
- Continuing Education
Community Education Programs can address the types of services, programs or activities that meet the interests, needs, and wants of the traditional and non-traditional learner. Community Education is a flexible and adaptive approach to serving educational needs and providing needed services and programs for community members. Credit and non-credit programs meet the need for both student and industry. Activities can include educational, career educational, recreational, cultural, enrichment and/or other services for all community members. Collaborative educational offerings ensure all community needs can be met.
- Intergenerational Activities
Intergenerational activities are a great way to use the expertise and support of senior citizens for the benefit of public education. Seniors have knowledge and are willing to serve public education to meet the needs of students, educators and the community.
- Parent Involvement
Parents need to be involved in the K-12 education of their children. Together, parents and teachers can positively influence young people in attitude, behavior and academic achievement while improving schools. Community Education can provide many activities to bring parents into the school.
- School/Business Partnership
Partnerships between schools and businesses, civic organizations, and community organizations collaborate for many different goals for public education and the community. Partnerships enrich education, open students' eyes to unlimited possibilities, and keep businesses and organizations in touch with young people.
Schools benefit by the involvement of parents, community members, businesses, organizations, senior citizens, students or other individuals who give their time and expertise to support public education or services provided by public education in grades K-12. These volunteers are a great resource for schools in assisting them to meet the academic and attendance standards they have set.