This Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD) presentation summarizes the activities of the Baton Rouge Achievement Zone Advisory Board (BRAZAB). The advisory board facilitates collaboration between the state, district, and community to identify the needs of the Baton Rouge community and develop community-based priorities for school transformation. The presentation includes a description of the RSD community engagement strategy in Baton Rouge, BRAZAB’s role, and findings from BRAZAB community meetings with potential school operators.
Outcomes and Lessons Learned: This document is associated with the efforts of RSD Superintendent Dobard and Deputy Superintendent Peterson who lead an intensive process of community engagement to recruit and cultivate a diverse set of community stakeholders and provide the resulting group with an opportunity to inform and influence the process of chartering direct-operated RSD schools in Baton Rouge.
This document captures the feedback given by the community group after listening to plans presented by the charter school organizations. The RSD was very clear about the role of the external stakeholders (informing, not deciding) and direct about its desire to capture feedback and provide it to the charter school organizations to improve and refine their plans.
The significant time spent cultivating strong stakeholders and RSD’s clear directives on roles and responsibilities contributed to the success of this process.
Related Resource: Community Priorities from BRAZAB Fall 2013