ERIC Number: ED186622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Parent: An Agent to Foster Community Collaboration with the Schools.
The parent can be the catalyst to "spark" the collaboration necessary to the success of career education from the total community. Parents should become involved because education determines how one's children will live, which in turn determines the quality of life the parent enjoys in the community. To speak effectively, parents should speak collectively after becoming informed about local schools, grades K-12. A supportive group, a "Coalition for Career Education," can be organized through a reputable community organization as a vehicle for collaboration with schools. A parent followed these steps in securing backing for the Arlington County (Virginia) Coalition for Career Education: (1) determined educator attitudes toward a coalition; (2) developed a list of community people to invite to join a coalition; (3) arranged meetings at schools; (4) publicized the first meeting; (5) scheduled speakers advocating career education; (6) solicited volunteers for a steering committee; (7) established guidelines, elected officers, and developed future plans; (8) printed letterhead stationery; (9) provided for educators' membership; (10) surveyed schools; (11) invited speakers to tell of their roles in career education; (12) became familiar with local and state policies; (13) determined available funding; (14) determined national legislation; (15) spoke collectively to promote understanding of career education benefits; (16) applied for tax-exempt status; (17) publicized; and (18) encouraged school-community cooperation. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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