ERIC Number: ED261817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Small School Principals and Effective School-Community Relations. ERIC Digest.
Vaughn, D. Lanette
In rural areas the responsibility for good school-community relations rests with the principal, who must develop a strategy for community relations, understand the people of the community and their values, and know their formal and informal leaders. School principals can use various strategies to increase community involvement. They can simply extend an invitation to visit the school, allow the school building to be used for community activities, actively recruit community volunteers, and publish a school newsletter. One study showed positive school-community relations in schools that allowed citizens to use the library, advertised events in the news media, or had a cafeteria or gym open to community members. Because small and rural schools are often closely identifed with the community, community cooperation is usually easy to secure and community members may be eager, or at least willing, to assist. They can serve on staff development planning committees, identify community resources, teach minicourses on local history, serve on advisory boards for various programs, and help to recruit teachers who fit the community. A key to good school-community relations may be community-minded administrators and teachers who participate in civic activities outside the school and feel comfortable in the community. (JHZ)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.