State law encourages districts to adopt community involvement plans or policies.
Local Stakeholder Engagement Under The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): A Guide for District and School Leaders
Guide addresses stakeholder engagement, particularly as it relates to the requirements under ESSA.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:6-33.11 Community participation.
An effective school plan developed pursuant to this act shall provide mechanisms to encourage participation of parents and community members in the educational process.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:6-33.9 Definitions.
As used in this act: a. “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Education; b. “Effective school plan” means the three-year plan designed to improve the performance of students in a school. Among the objectives which might be addressed in a typical plan are improvement of classroom and school environments, maximization and effective use of learning time, strengthening the sense of school community, increasing the rate of attendance, and the establishment of high expectations for student achievement; c. “Effective schools research” means that professionally recognized body of educational research which seeks to identify explicitly the characteristics of schools and classrooms which positively affect student performance.
New Jersey Tiered System of Supports (NJTSS) Implementation Guidelines
Document addresses best practices for parent and community engagement.
Site provides model policies, templates, and other resources on school, family, and community engagement.