ERIC Number: ED311121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
The Rochester Initiative.
Whitmore, Kay R.
This paper argues for the participation and partnership of diverse elements in the community in order to achieve the goals of educational reform, and especially to encourage academic achievement among minority students. In a speech before the Forum '88 conference of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the cooperative educational efforts among schools, businesses, and the community in Rochester (New York) is described. Statistics on the significant educational problems of Rochester schools are cited. The Program for Rochester to Interest Students in Science and Math (PRISM) and an initiative of Eastman Kodak scientists to enrich elementary school teaching of science, mathematics, and computer literacy are described. These programs are applauded, but found to reach only limited numbers of students. Components of the Rochester Initiative, which represents widespread community involvement in educational improvement efforts, include the following organizations and initiatives: (1) the Center for Educational Development (CED), a community task force working with the City school district; (2) the Community-Wide Initiative to Improve the Quality of the Rochester Public Schools, sponsored by the Urban League; (3) several joint and individual business initiatives; (4) Rochester Brainpower, a multi-pronged community-business partnership; and (5) close collaboration between school system administration and the teachers' union. (AF)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Corporate Support, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Engineering Education, Minority Group Children, Parent Participation, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Student Participation, Teacher Responsibility, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (Rochester)