ERIC Number: ED361835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
School Community Collaboration: Comparing Three Initiatives. Brief to Policymakers, No. 6.
Stone, Calvin R.
As part of a decentralization effort, San Diego schools are developing various community partnerships and joining with other agencies to share the resources of school, community, social service, and health providers. Interagency collaboration may result in a more integrated, coherent service delivery to an increasingly diverse student population. This brief identifies and compares three initiatives: interagency collaboration at the executive level, collaboration among front-line professionals, and collaboration directly with community members. Since 1988, San Diego agency heads have been cooperating to develop a fundamentally new system for providing educational, social, and health support services. The result is Hamilton Center, a separately administered, professionally staffed demonstration service center on the grounds of an elementary school. Another collaborative with major strength in building linkages among front-line professionals is the Crawford Cluster Connection, initiated when 12 area principals were asked for ideas to increase student attendance. The group focused on community and family conditions associated with poor school attendance and developed resource-sharing plans to tackle this problem. Collaboration with parents at a school located in a desperately poor neighborhood produced an "unofficial" preschool program staffed by multilingual paraprofessionals and parent volunteers. Ideally, communities should encourage and integrate all three collaboration levels to maximize strengths and counter limitations. (MLH)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Attendance, Collegiality, Cooperative Programs, Decentralization, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Services, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, School Restructuring, Social Services
Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, School of Education, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1025 W. Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
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.