CoDeS Key Stones is one of the products that arose through CoDeS Multilateral Comenius Network- project entitled “School and Community – Working Together for Sustainable Development”. CoDeS global aim was to provide models, ideas, learning
methods, case studies, tools and materials to a diversity of stakeholders involved in school community collaboration for Sustainable Development. These tools pursue the provision of resources for schools and communities that want to work together and establish effective collaborations in order to promote SD in their local context and particular content.
The milestone of the CoDeS work is based on the assumption that for the establishment of SD principles in civil society, the collaboration amongst schools and communities is crucial. They can operate as agents of change by mobilizing the
culture, ethos, values, and actions of citizens in the framework of SD ownership and stewardship. Given the global scenery of economic crises, school and community collaboration in creating more sustainable societies seems to be the turning point.
This collaboration can help people to gain their missed local identity, reconnect with the place, re-find their self-respect, regain social tolerance, and to really care for themselves, the others and the environment.
This particular book belongs to the collection “Tools for You” developed by CoDeS network to support the work of school and communities when collaborating to promote sustainable development locally and globally. However, it can be also, considered
as the precursor of other tools of the Codes project such as CoDeS Tool Box or CoDeS Traveling Guide and can be used supplementary or in parallel to them. Through this book, with a concise content and flexible potential, we attempt to identify the quality areas that have been considered important for the development of dynamic school community collaboration for SD. These quality areas include participation, communication, learning, action, vision, resources, mandates, and research. Although the quality areas have an agreed conceptualization, they also have a local value and can be socially and culturally situated.
What is written in the book is the result on one hand of the accumulated past experience gained through the development of different EE/ESD European networks and institutions such as SEED, SUPPORT, ENSI and UNESCO. On the other hand it is
also the result of the case study inquiry processes developed within the frame of the CoDeS Comenius Network funded by the EU from 2011 to 2014 with the participation of 30 different institutions (Universities, Public Institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations, Private Sector Entities and Research Institutes) from 17 Countries.
The hall mark of this book is to provide to the stakeholders engaged in school and community collaboration for SD (teachers, principals, local authorities, parents, civil servants, people from the private and public sector, local authorities, trades, etc.)
a quality framework from which to reflect on the quality of their collaboration. This quality framework can help actual or potential stakeholders to realize that an effective collaboration is a journey of reflection on the progress made to SD and
a means of scoping the next developmental steps according to local and situated conditions. This book does not provide irrevocable answers, particular ingredients or steps regarding what type, in which ways, when and how school community
collaboration for SD can be effective. Instead we urge the readers of this book to confront it as a vehicle for reflection and improvement, as well as a frame of inquiry and critical analysis. We welcome you to this journey