ERIC Number: ED230447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Organizing a Community School: A Primer for Citizens.
Slotnik, William J.; And Others
The organization and implementation of a community school program is discussed under the topics of citizen participation, functions of the community school council, organizational procedures, and coalition building. Community education consists of two components: the provision of a broad diversity of learning opportunities (after-school programs, vocational training, day care centers, etc.) and the direct involvement of citizens in assessing community needs, evaluating services, and advocating community-determined priorities. Citizen participation topics are concerned with purposes, involvement of other citizens, and funding sources. Information on organizing the community school council includes qualifications of members, recruitment of new members, structure, and individual roles. Organizational methods involve conducting informal and formal needs assessments; scheduling, staffing, housing, financing, and publicizing the program; and monitoring and evaluating existing programs. Suggestions for coalition building (establishing relationships among a number of groups, association, and agencies) include a description of programmatic coalitions and communication networks, advocacy, fundraising, and the function and development of informal and formal coalitions. (KC)
Descriptors: Advocacy, After School Programs, Citizen Participation, Citizens Councils, Community Education, Community Influence, Community Involvement, Community Schools, Community Services, Delivery Systems, Educational Objectives, Fund Raising, Needs Assessment, Program Administration, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Relations, School Community Relationship, Social Networks, Supplementary Education
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Newton Community Schools, West Newton, MA.
Note: For related documents, see SO 014 528-529.