ERIC Number: ED338983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Let's Do It Our Way: Working Together for Educational Excellence. A Handbook for Community-School Collaboration for the Educational Betterment of All Our Children.
Smith, R. C.; And Others
This booklet is part of a multi-video and print package entitled "Realizing America's Hope,' which is intended to help America respond to the challenges facing its youth. Strategies are provided for promoting community-school collaboration. A sample agenda is provided for the first meeting of collaboration, and tips for successful collaboration are included. The change process is described in five steps. The first step deals with defining a vision. After this comes defining current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats; the forces that will either help or hinder pursuit of the vision. Step three involves setting goals. If a vision is a picture of the future, then goals are described as the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle which, when taken together, will produce that picture. Step four, developing strategies, involves three levels of work: (1) researching the options; (2) analyzing the options; and (3) deciding what to do. Step five involves action planning. It is noted that decision making involves the determination of who will do what, when. The next section of the booklet focuses on getting started with the collaborative process. Specific suggestions are included from the perspective of school personnel, parents and families, business people, significant others, and students. Additional resources, acknowledgements, and a listing of the video and print components are included in appendices. (LLL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Lilly (Eli) and Co., Indianapolis, IN.; General Motors Corp., Detroit, MI.; Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: MDC, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC.; South Carolina Educational Television Network Columbia.
Note: For a related document, see CG 023 803 and UD 028 429.