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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:

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 on their behalf.

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

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