ERIC Number: ED331178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Testing a Strategy for Reform: The League of Schools Reaching Out.
The history and goals of the League of Schools Reaching Out, a national program of the Institute for Responsive Education (IRE), is described in this report. The league is IRE's principal national strategy to show how family/community/school partnerships can contribute to school restructuring aimed at increasing the academic and social success of all children, especially those labeled "at risk," through community outreach. The league is an alternative approach to educational reform designed to demonstrate the potential effectiveness of a comprehensive, ecological approach to restructuring in which school reform is directly linked to family support and education, neighborhood social and economic development, integrated services for poor families, and means for family contribution to children's development. IRE provides little direct funding, but offers information and technical assistance. The program is based on the following core ideas: a clear ideological focus; demonstration of need; an action plan; provision of recognition, outside help, and "loving criticism"; and availability of discretionary funding. A conclusion is that leadership, financial support, technology, and a national spirit are crucial for success. (9 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Schools Reaching Out Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).