ERIC Number: ED224175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Helping Schools Change: Ideas for Assistance Groups.
Moore, Donald R.; Blair, Kathy A.
Based on the experiences of six organizations, this manual aims to help assistance groups who work to change the way schools actually treat children. Assistance group members can include principal or teacher advisors, curriculum consultants, group process facilitators, dissemination or staff development specialists, parent trainers or organizers, and child advocates. The organizations studied were AFRAM Associates, Center for New Schools, Creative Teaching Workshop, Institute for the Development of Educational Activities (/I/D/E/A/), Rural Education Program, and United Bronx Parents. The manual's introduction describes the arrangement and use of the document, while the first section discusses general patterns that occur in all aspects of building effective assistance groups, such as time management, firmness or flexibility in pursuing goals, and awareness of how human systems work. Each of the next seven sections covers an area of assistance group activity (that is, a "puzzle"), discussing from 6 to 22 critical tasks (or "puzzle pieces") in assistance activities and providing exercises for rating oneself on the tasks and for finding ways to improve task performance. The seven activities include forming the assistance group, leading and managing it, refining school improvement strategies, developing the advisor's role, building client relationships, providing assistance, and raising funds. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Consultants, Consultation Programs, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Helping Relationship, Job Performance, Organizations (Groups), Program Effectiveness
Publications, Designs for Change, 220 South State Street, Suite 1616, Chicago, IL 60604 ($9.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Designs for Change, Chicago, IL.
Note: Some pages may not reproduce due to dark background of portions of original document.