PROCESS and PROTEST: Promising Practices
Meaningful engagement of communities in policy decision-making—by local, state, and federal agencies—is vitally important for educational equity and excellence.
Process and protest are closely, and beneficially, related. Good approaches to stakeholder engagement actively enable and incorporate the voicing of differences of opinion.
Promising Practices in the States:
Prioritizing Excellence and Equity
These are promising practices we believe demonstrate meaningful engagement among broad and diverse groups of stakeholders and that are likely to result in educational policies that support policies for educational equity and excellence. Click through these pages to learn more about which states have demonstrated these promising practices and how:
Prioritize the needs, participation, and leadership of communities that have historically been marginalized and underserved by political decision-making processes.
Make your decision-making process transparent: all communities should be able to easily see when and how to participate, as well as how participation is valued and has real impact.
Engagement efforts must begin at the earliest planning stages, continue throughout implementation in structured, regular ways, and occur at all levels (federal, state, and local).
Work with outside partners to strengthen your engagement efforts. This can add resources, staff, intellectual capital, and new perspectives.
Aggregate and analyze community feedback from separate and parallel efforts to identify areas of agreement, amplify the voices of the underserved, and build support for reform.