Community-Centered Environments are also important for learning. The community can be the classroom, the school, and the degree to which students and teachers feel connected to the wider community of their town or city, province, and the world.
The most effective learning takes place when each of the four strands support one another. For example, students may be learning something valuable, but one cannot tell unless there is alignment between what is being learned, and any assessment to measure it. Similarly, students may be learning things others don’t value, unless the curriculum and its assessment practices are aligned with the broader learning goals of the community. When principals and teachers define a common vision for the entire school, student learning can improve. (Barth, 1988, 1991; Peterson et al., 1995).