ERIC Number: ED349677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Building Private Sector and Community Support. Restructuring the Education System Series.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
To become the primary agents of school restructuring, today's coalitions must sharpen their focus and adopt a long-term outlook. This report explains how to turn a coalition of different perspectives and interest groups into a coherent, long-term strategic operation with a shared sense of purpose. Educators are advised to begin by identifying and bringing together key people, being prepared to change, focusing on children, and producing a statement of principles. The plan can be tailored to the community if participants frame early efforts broadly, learn extensively about restructuring, assess the current state of reform, match strategies with community needs, and value different approaches and diverse beliefs. Participants can sustain commitment and momentum by setting realistic goals and expectations, communicating ideas, and deciding on an assessment plan. A sidebar advises against scapegoating, favoring one interest group, ignoring the media, and looking for quick fixes. Two interviews with leaders of the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education and the Texas Business and Education Coalition provide further advice for building and maintaining coalitions. An action checklist and a list of other Education Commission of the States publications is included. (MLH)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Involvement, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Private Sector, School Business Relationship, School Restructuring, State Action
Education Commission of the States, Distribution Center, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427 ($4 plus $2.50 postage and handling; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Identifiers: Coalitions; Commitment; Facilitators; Maine; Partnerships in Education; Texas