ERIC Number: ED228742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb-26
Reference Count: 0
Building Support through Successful Coalitions.
The definition of coalition offered here is "a group of organizations or individuals, often with diverse interests, who come together to achieve a common purpose or deal with a common issue." The author begins by looking at some current coalitions with interests in education such as the Committee for Education Funding or the National Coalition for Public Education. He then suggests that educators ought to consider forming coalitions of community people to promote high quality education locally and in every state. Steps for forming a coalition are listed and discussed, including choosing specific issues to confront, identifying those affected by the issues, convening a meeting, and selecting a chairperson. Guidelines for successful coalitions are offered. Members must (1) be committed, (2) have knowledge of the subject, (3) be able to develop effective strategies, (4) develop a communications network, (5) be positive rather than defensive about the schools, (6) keep community, staff, and board informed, (7) achieve consensus, (8) allow some diversity of objectives among themselves, (9) use the art of negotiation, and (10) be willing to share the glory. Seven problems that may be encountered are listed, including domination by one member, jealousies between members, conflicting goals, and arguments over strategy. The author concludes that the right kind of coalitions can help educators find a common purpose for schools and communities. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Coalitions; Consensus
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (Atlantic City, NJ, February 25-28, 1983).