ERIC Number: ED338736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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)
Descriptors: Community Action, Community Influence, Community Involvement, Community Leaders, Educational Opportunities, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Minority Groups, Program Development, Program Guides, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Underachievement, Urban Education, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Community
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.
Note: Paper prepared in collaboration with the University of Colorado, the NORC at the University of Chicago, and Arizona State University.