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ERIC Number: ED349348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The League of Schools Reaching Out: A Progress Report on Collaborative National Research and Action Project about Family and Community Collaboration.
This document describes research and development by the Institute for Responsive Education's national project (known as the League of Schools Reaching Out) that seeks to show how school-family-community partnerships (SFCPs) can contribute significantly to school restructuring or reform aimed at increasing the academic and social success of all children, especially those at risk. The League of Schools Reaching Out is a network of 70 schools in 22 states that serve a substantial number of low-income children. A mail survey, telephone interviews with approximately 16 principals, and site visits to schools in 8 urban districts concerning the policies and practices in League schools were conducted. Four conclusions are highlighted: (1) many League schools show that family-community-school collaboration can be productive in schools where most of the families are poor, in disadvantaged and troubled communities, and in districts experiencing political instability and budget cutbacks; (2) many League schools are embracing old-fashioned ideas about schooling; (3) Chapter 1 is a good but largely untapped policy source of financial support for strengthening SFCPs; and (4) federal and state policies make a difference. Project components, such as financial arrangements, action research, training and orientation, and multiple data sources, are discussed. The design works, and research is difficult in real-world school settings. (RLC)
Descriptors: Action Research, Change Agents, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Low Income Groups, National Programs, Outreach Programs, Research and Development, School Community Relationship, School Districts, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.; Center on Families, Communities, Schools, and Children's Learning.
Identifiers: Partnerships in Education; Progress Reporting; Schools Reaching Out Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).