When you see the word “stakeholders” in education, does a clear picture come to mind? What feeling does the word invoke? Who are stakeholders anyway and how do they matter to kids?

One thing we can likely agree on is that stakeholders in education are people and we know people are the heart of the education system.

Would you believe that a Google Image Search of “stakeholders” pulls up not one picture of a human? The search results page is filled exclusively with infographics and charts. When you Google Image search “family”, “teachers” or “community”, however, you see pictures of people.

In stakeholders lie the resources, information, and opportunities, the love, caring and wisdom needed to support the goals of the education system — creating the conditions for our kids to thrive now and in the future.

Let’s explore and humanize “stakeholders” in education through the categories of family, school and community.

  • Learners as Stakeholders
  • Family Stakeholders
  • School Stakeholders
  • Community Stakeholders

Every adult, if seen, heard and valued for their strengths and gifts, has much to offer directly and indirectly to the growth and development of children. Family, school and community stakeholders are sources of connection and love, resources and opportunities, learning and play for our kids. They are sources of expertise in careers, hobbies and much more. They are sources of inspiration, hope and resilience.

How might we be more inclusive in stakeholder engagement during COVID-19 and throughout 20-21?

  • Move your focus beyond communication to the ultimate goal of connection.
  • Host frequent opportunities to gather as equals in dialogue, connection and collaboration.

Read the full article about education stakeholders by Julia Pile and Laura Gilchrist at Getting Smart.