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Stakeholder Engagement for Common Enrollment

Issue Brief from The Evidence Project at the Center on Reinventing Public Education

This brief provides an introductory look at how leaders can engage stakeholders during the design and implementation of common enrollment. The brief is based on the experiences of leaders in two pioneering cities—New Orleans and Denver—and the stakeholder politics they encountered during the design and implementation of their city’s respective common enrollment systems.

  • What is common enrollment?
  • Why is common enrollment (potentially) controversial?
  • How can leaders engage stakeholders?
  • Task #1: Framing the Problem and the Solution

“From early in their reform efforts, leaders in Denver and New Orleans addressed stakeholder concerns and the potential for conflict by intentionally defining the problems and solutions in ways that resonated with stakeholders while keeping some of the most controversial enrollment issues off the agenda during early implementation of the reform.”

  • Task #2: Engaging Stakeholders

“From the very beginning, leaders in both cities strategically engaged a range of stakeholders to ease mistrust and skepticism that had the potential to thwart the reform. In both cities, key stakeholders included four groups: district leaders, charter school leaders, community leaders and advocates (e.g., the Urban League in New Orleans and A+ Denver in Denver, as well as local education organizations), and parents.”

  • Engaging Parents
  • Engaging Community, District, and School Leaders

View/download the article (PDF) at CRPE.

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