ERIC Number: ED358549
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
School-Community Collaboration: Comparing Three Initiatives.
For several years, San Diego public schools have been involved in a comprehensive school-community collaboration effort to restructure education. Institutional links were formed between schools, social-service agencies, and other community resources to help reduce dependency on public assistance. Three different levels of community collaboration were used within the school district. Interviews and observation were used to compare the approaches. The first level of collaboration included contacts between heads of organizations such as schools and social-service agencies. The second level was interagency relationships between front-line professionals. The third level involved collaboration between onsite professionals and the clients being served. Collaboration at the first level resulted in the creation of a center at an elementary school to deliver social and health support services. Front-line professionals at 11 schools established a group to meet student and family needs. At the third level of collaboration, parents and teachers at a troubled and racially diverse elementary school worked together to improve education and increase the school's involvement in the community. The study found that school-community collaboration must be customized to local needs and must draw upon local resources. (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, Madison, WI.