ERIC Number: ED202173
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Rationale for Community Volunteers in Schools.
In seeking to provide Teacher Corps personnel with resource materials that can be utilized in establishing school volunteer programs, this booklet offers a brief history of volunteerism in American schools, reasons for establishing volunteer programs, and information about where and how to recruit volunteers. Volunteerism was an early tradition in the American educational system, but has declined as schools have become more institutionalized and subject to the control of professional educators. As retrenchment becomes a byword in school finance, volunteers can help to compensate for inequality of educational opportunities resulting from inadequate resources and to provide services to children with unique and special needs. Successful recruitment of volunteers depends on the clear communication of the positive impact such a program can have on student learning. Recruitment strategies must consider changing social conditions, such as the growing number of working mothers. If a volunteer program is presented as an opportunity to gain skills and experience, or to obtain or upgrade a job, participation will be more widespread. (Author/WD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Teacher Corps.
Authoring Institution: Howard Univ., Washington, DC. Eastern Teacher Corps Recruitment and Community Technical Resource Center.