Know Your Community and Community Power Structures. Dr. Sandi Estep EDAD 731 School Community Relations Governors State University. Know your community. Know the formal leaders in the community Know the informal leaders in the community Know what is important to the community
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The Power Structure
Opinions and Attitudes towards education in your community.
Whether a school system is excellent or mediocre depends on how all people (regardless of their power position) work together –how they communicate, relate, are involved, participate and share. A public/community relations program is aimed at focusing on the relationships of all those people with an overall goal of improving student achievement.
Elite Power Model
Small elite group or individuals that represents industrial, financial, and commercial interests in a community.
Highest concentration of power
The elitist’s decisions flow downward through a community.
Lowest concentration of power