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Professional Development for Innovative Schools

High Social Capital

Students have strong, consistent relationships with adults in school; parents and other adults are involved as partners in the learning process.

Social capital refers to the meaningful relationships between children and adults.  Children need adults in their lives who care deeply about them and who take the time to work with them and engage in conversations with them.  The role of the teacher goes beyond presenting information and includes caring about each child’s accomplishments, concerns, hopes, and fears.   Teachers provide opportunities for parents and other adults in the community to become more involved in the educational process as well.  Research shows that schools with high social capital produce students with high scholastic achievement; therefore, the pursuit of increased social capital should be a high priority.