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ERIC Number: ED338736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 58
Abstractor: N/A
Improving Opportunities for Underachieving Minority Students: A Planning Guide for Community Action.
Bain, Josie G.; Herman, Joan L.
This booklet offers a set of guidelines for developing a community-based coalition dedicated to improving the education of at-risk minority students. The guide offers and is organized around the following nine-step plan for the development and implementation of strategies to mobilize a community: (1) "the initiation: build core support"; (2) "develop your ideas" to enlarge the coalition and explore strategies for action; (3) "build community interest in action" by contacting community organizations and influential individuals; (4) "reach consensus on action" at the first meeting; (5) "develop a blueprint for action" by working out the details; (6) "sell the program to the larger community" by publicizing the plan and broadening the base of support; (7) "implement the plan" and work at maintaining interest in the effort; (8) "monitor and evaluate the program" identifying its strengths, weaknesses, and impact; and (9) "determine the effectiveness of your plan for action" by reviewing the implementation process. Steps 5 through 9 include examples from a prototype plan for action for improving the dropout rate of Black youth. Also included are a sample timeline and worksheets. Appendices offer the following additional information: (1) questions for stimulating discussion in community meetings; and (2) a list of possible community resources and the roles they might play. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Community
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper prepared in collaboration with the University of Colorado, the NORC at the University of Chicago, and Arizona State University.