ERIC Number: ED389493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Voices of Rural Educators and the Rural Community on Integrating Education, Health, and Social Services. Delaware RAC Report #1.
Delaware Rural Assistance Council.; Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
This report summarizes efforts of the Rural Assistance Council during the past 3 years to support the process of integrating education, health, and social services in Delaware. The Delaware RAC is a group of concerned educators and representatives of community organizations committed to improving rural schools. The RAC held two forums with 47 representatives from rural schools, communities, and community organizations. The purpose was to explore ways to build consensus and support for quality education and to promote partnerships among families, communities, and schools. The primary concerns of rural communities, as reflected by participants, focused on the broadened roles of schools and their relationship to other social service agencies. The RAC also conducted a seminar on"Designing Rural Schools as Community Learning and Service Centers" for district administrators, teachers, counselors, school board members, and representatives of community health and social service agencies. The RAC conducted a follow-up workshop for 24 people representing 7 school districts and 4 state or community agencies. The workshop resulted in recommendations and guidelines on advocacy; networking; planning comprehensive services; assessing community strengths, resources, and needs; and financing comprehensive service systems. These guidelines represent specific actions necessary to begin the process of integrating services in Delaware. (LP)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Involvement, Cooperative Planning, Delivery Systems, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Services, Integrated Services, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, School Role, Shared Resources and Services, Social Services
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Delaware Rural Assistance Council.; Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Delaware; Networking; Rural Assistance Councils