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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 30 years of experience and extensive research in family and community engagement. Membership in SCN includes everyone committed to the ideal of the school as a community as defined below.

 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.


A school community is premised upon the shared belief that:

  • All parents have dreams for their children and want the best for them.
  • All teachers are inspired by professional standards and personal conviction to see that their students succeed.
  • Student success is bolstered when parents, teachers, and other members of the school community work in unison in their behalf.
  • School leaders are the prime movers in establishing and nurturing the processes and practices necessary in intentionally strengthening the school community.
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