ERIC Number: ED343701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Portrait of Schools Reaching Out: Report of a Survey of Practices and Policies of Family-Community-School Collaboration. Report No. 1.
Davies, Don; And Others
The League of Schools Reaching Out is a national project designed to study ways in which a family-community-school collaboration can contribute to school reform. This document reports the results of a 1991 survey of 42 schools belonging to the league. Results concerning strategies and practices of collaboration indicate that: (1) the level of activities that reach out to the community is high; (2) many schools are redefining their service role; (3) traditional strategies, such as parent-teacher conferences, remain the predominant and most effective strategies; (4) schools are exploring new strategies; (5) school improvement councils and parent associations are found in 80 percent of the schools; (6) schools rely on school district funds to support family and community programs; and (7) few schools have comprehensive programs that address all family and community needs. Results related to the impact of school policy on school practices indicate that school programs are affected by policies. However, the effect of policy is obscure to many at the school level. Results also indicate that few principals employ Chapter 1 funds to support parent involvement activities. The policies and practices of five schools in Boston, Cleveland, Miami, San Diego, and the District of Columbia are profiled. A 45-item reference list is provided. Appendixes include copies of the three survey instruments. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD. Project Share.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.; Center on Families, Communities, Schools, and Children's Learning.