Staff and parents at Community Academy are taking an innovative approach to building bridges between school and home. A group of four parents and 16 staff members from the alternative school recently spent two days together – not in urban Roxbury, but in rural Essex, Massachusetts – on an overnight retreat to strengthen relationships among families and school staff. The group’s ambitious agenda included indoor and outdoor team-building exercises, as well as the development of an action plan to improve family engagement at the school. Community Academy staff participated in a similar retreat last year, but this was the first time parents took part. Next year, school officials plan to include students as well.