ERIC Number: ED226463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Managing School Volunteers--Eight Keys to Success.
Gray, Sandra T.
The present is a good time for school-community collaboration, and the National School Volunteer Program in Alexandria (Virginia) is helping by providing assistance and training for schools' volunteer programs. Eight principles characterize effective volunteer programs, including (1) strong top-level support from superintendents and school boards; (2) formal written policies, to help keep volunteer programs in the budget; (3) a manager or coordinator of volunteers; (4) people (rather than money), especially from local businesses; (5) many options for volunteers to choose from; (6) systematic and collaborative planning, with teachers involved; (7) promotion with gusto, especially through the mass media; and (8) evaluation, built in from the start and used for program improvement. Many of the high schools given recognition awards by the Ford Foundation had effective volunteer programs, including schools in Salt Lake City (Utah), Tulsa (Oklahoma), Columbus (Ohio), and Seattle (Washington). School-business partnerships, such as through adopt-a-school programs, have proven successful in such places as Los Angeles and Oakland (California), Houston and Dallas (Texas), Montgomery County (Maryland), Detroit (Michigan), Memphis (Tennessee), and New Orleans (Louisiana). (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference for Parent/Citizen Involvement in Schools (Salt Lake City, UT, July 1982).