The “Why Not?” Challenge: New Book from Dr. Jacqueline L. Sanderlin Helps Educators Foster Community Partnerships

Royivia Ferguson  //  Sep 30, 2020

The “Why Not?” Challenge: New Book from Dr. Jacqueline L. Sanderlin Helps Educators Foster Community Partnerships

The "Why Not?" Challenge: Say "Yes!" to Success With School-Community Partnerships, a new Scholastic Professional title from accomplished school principal, professor, and speaker Dr. Jacqueline L. Sanderlin, is available now!

In her debut book for educators in grades K–8, Dr. Sanderlin challenges school leaders to rethink how they approach community partnerships with just two words, “Why Not?” For those who are looking to fund internet access, learning devices, reading materials, a new music program, or even just trying to identify other resources to realize students’ dreams, Dr. Sanderlin’s approach can help schools cultivate and sustain philanthropic partnerships with businesses and organizations in their own communities and even beyond.

In The "Why Not?" Challenge, Dr. Sanderlin says:

“Passion is powerful! It has the unique ability to touch other people. For me, that is the beginning of a relationship. Passion is also contagious. I would venture to say that your passion for your school is really at the heart of where all community empowerment is birthed.”

Dr. Sanderlin’s “Why Not?” mindset has led to dramatic improvements in her own schools and has informed her own belief that all students, especially those in communities with limited resources, can be supported by this positive thinking. With years of experience, she offers readers 10 “Why Not?” challenges with tips for developing a “Why Not?” mindset in order to foster school-community partnerships. This includes how to embrace your community, identify your school’s hook, successfully make cold calls, prepare for a first meeting with a potential new partner, explore opportunities for funding, and more.

As Dr. Sanderlin details in her book, one simple question, such as “Why Not?” can spark a flame of community empowerment that is upheld by support from community partnerships.

To learn more about The “Why Not?” Challengeclick here.

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