ERIC Number: ED341147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing a National Strategy for School Reform through Family-Community Partnerships: The League of Schools Reaching Out.
The League of Schools Reaching Out is a national project to show how family/community/school partnerships can contribute significantly to school restructuring. It aims to increase the academic and social success of all children, especially those society labels as at risk. The league is attempting to expand the notion that the internal methods, like decision making and staff development, are not an exclusive ingredient to school reform efforts. It adopts an ecological approach where multiple institutions and sectors are responsible for the child's success. The league draws on research and project reports and past and current parallel efforts of other organizations and researchers. This includes Comer's school development process, Levin's Accelerated Schools Program, and Epstein's typology of parent/school collaboration. Four broad categories of school activity identified are: (1) helping families at home; (2) helping and using parents at school; (3) establishing partnerships and exchanges between schools and other community agencies and institutions; and (4) eliciting the participation of parents and other community members in school-based policy and decision making. Examples of each category are cited. Briefly elaborated upon is the league's strategy--eight core ideas about a national multisite process for school reform. (RR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.