1st Edition

Reframing Community Partnerships in Education
Uniting the Power of Place and Wisdom of People

ISBN 9781138840775
Published October 5, 2015 by Routledge
198 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

Reframing Community Partnerships in Education provides both the theoretical framework as well as a practical guide to engage educators in interdisciplinary, inter-organizational, multicultural, and multi-generational work to improve the social fabric of communities. Using case examples of best practice, this book explores transformational practices for community development, community building, and civic engagement. Featuring "Community Learning Exchange" pedagogies adaptable to a wide range of contexts, this book encourages educators—through use of participatory practices and a collective leadership model—to build stronger communities and advance learning for all.

Table of Contents



Part 1: The Ideas Behind the Action

Chapter 1: The Community Learning Exchange

Chapter 2: Meaning Making, Axioms, and Ecologies for Engagement

Chapter 3: A Theory of Change in Action

Part 2: The Work

Chapter 4: Storytelling: Stories of Impact

Chapter 5: Storymaking: Making Sense of the Lived Experiences

Part 3: Dynamic-Critical Pedagogies

Chapter 6: Teaching for Learning, Learning to Teach

Chapter 7: Dynamic-Critical Pedagogies of Reflection

Chapter 8: Dynamic-Critical Pedagogies with and in Community

Part 4: Impacts, Reflections, and an Invitation to Action

Chapter 9: Impacts From and  Reflection on the CLE Work

Chapter 10: Conclusion and an Invitation to Action


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Miguel A. Guajardo is Associate Professor in the Education and Community Leadership Program at Texas State University.

Francisco Guajardo is Professor and C. Bascom Slemp Endowed Chair in Education at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley.

Christopher Janson is Associate Professor of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management at the University of North Florida.

Matthew Militello is the Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor in Educational Leadership at East Carolina University.


"In my district, the practices revealed in this book have already made a positive impact on our future leaders and, more importantly, on our students. The community engagement strategies embedded in the ‘Community Learning Exchange’ brand of teaching, learning, and leading are dynamic, authentic, and revolutionary.  This author team has provided the tools to support our community and district for the betterment of all!"

--Mark Eads, Superintendent of San Marcos CISD, USA

"Readers will enjoy this unique look at how ‘Community Learning Exchanges’ change the way in which families, schools, and communities work together to create positive outcomes for their children. The authors bring forth the value of transformational leadership and highlight the importance of ‘telling stories’ to convey community change. They dare readers to listen deeply to and learn from stories of people and places, in order to truly understand the solutions waiting to be discovered, together."

--Carla D. Thompson, Vice President for Program Strategy, W. K. Kellogg Foundation

"The book will be of interest to those engaged in community development and especially adult educators who wish to develop models of democratising teaching and learning."

-- Isolbel Hawthorne-Steele, The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education