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About Us

The School Community Network (SCN) provides resources, training, and tools to build strong school communities focused on student learning. SCN is sponsored by the Academic Development Institute (ADI), a not-for-profit organization located in Lincoln, Illinois. SCN's work draws from ADI's over 30 years of experience and extensive research in family and community engagement.

What is a School Community?

A school community consists of the people intimately attached to a school - students, their families, teachers, administrators, school staff, and volunteers - bound together by their common interest in the students served by the school. When the school functions as a community rather than in a community, its constituents associate with one another and share common values about the education of children. Those children become our children; parents are not external agents but full partners, and teachers are not isolated but integrated into the web of community.

A school community is premised upon the shared belief that:

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All parents have dreams for their children and want the best for them.

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All teachers are inspired by professional standards and personal conviction to see that their students succeed.

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Student success is bolstered when parents, teachers, and other members of the school community work in unison on their behalf.

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School leaders establish and nurture the processes and practices necessary in intentionally strengthening the school community.

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CONTACT US

For questions or to request additional information, fill out the email form. You may also contact Bernadette Anderson directly at 618-874-8150.