ERIC Number: ED360113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Report on the Delaware Rural Assistance Council's Public Forums: Achieving Quality Education and Promoting Partnerships for Academic and Social Success.
Bhaerman, Robert D.
This report summarizes discussions held in 1992 at two public forums to examine ways to improve the quality of rural education in Delaware. The forums focused on two goals: building support for quality education and promoting partnerships between families, communities, and schools. Participants discussed expanding schools to become "community learning and service centers," possibly integrating them with social-service agencies as a means of overcoming duplication and fragmentation in services. Problems with this approach include school accessibility, establishing roles and responsibilities, and the lack of existing services. Family and parental involvement was discussed in terms of changing family roles and parental disenfranchisement from the educational system. Participants recommended that schools take a leadership role toward redesigning themselves as learning centers while improving their relationships with social-service agencies. It was also recommended that schools work more closely with parents and communities in decision-making. Other recommendations dealt with the need for professional development and community cooperation. The paper ends with conclusions and reflections of the Delaware Rural Assistance Council, which expressed the view that the ultimate commitment must be reflected in the policies and programs of the State Board of Education and invited the board to work jointly with the council to define a "rural education agenda." (TES)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Centers, Community Cooperation, Community Coordination, Community Services, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Shared Facilities, Social Services
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Delaware