Having Skin in the Game
I was recently reminded of the importance of having skin in the game. In a policy memo released by the National Education Policy Center and the Family Leadership Design Collaborative, the authors explore how parents and families can contribute as fellow leaders in transforming schools and educational systems to better serve all children, families, and communities. One of their policy recommendations is to design family engagement agendas and activities with family and community members, rather than approaching them as passive recipients. Having skin in the game produces ownership and commitment.