Collaborative Leadership Structures Guide

About the Guide

Transformational Community Schools are places where power is shared and students, families, educators and community partners are active participants in decision-making. In collaborative leadership, the assets and skillsets of the entire community are uplifted to where all members of the community school are recognized as having agency and collective expertise to transform their schools. Collaborative leadership, as a cornerstone commitment in California’s Community Schools Framework and as a key capacity-building strategy, seeks to disrupt the longstanding power imbalance occurring in communities where young people and families have been historically marginalized and underserved. With a commitment towards relationship-centered and racially-just schools, collaborative leadership becomes the mechanism that helps move and sustain the community schools strategy towards transformation. 

The Collaborative Leadership Structures Guide is a co-production of the S-TAC and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence as part of California’s Community Engagement Initiative.