ERIC Number: ED362334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Student Success through Collaboration: A Policy Statement of the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
Arguing that educational institutions share responsibility with social service and welfare institutions for addressing the range of children's needs, this policy statement presents principles and strategies for implementing broader collaboration with community organizations. Introductory sections acknowledge the need for joint action and identify student needs as health and physical competence, personal and social competence, cognitive and creative competence, vocational competence, and citizenship. Next, principles guiding this change are presented, including that desired outcomes be defined in positive terms and actions aligned to achieve those objectives; that educators contribute to an effective system of support for children by being responsive to child diversity, flexible, prevention oriented, and family centered; that educators integrate efforts to support children and families into efforts to restructure schools; and that these changes be part of a larger national effort. Seven strategies for change are then presented, including: (1) developing cross-sector outcomes-based accountability; (2) developing creative strategies for financing children and family support; (3) establishing local governance structures; (4) implementing new systems of professional development; (5) reevaluating school policies and programs; (6) increasing school cooperation with families; and (7) implementing youth development opportunities. Concluding sections call on state governments to take an active role in implementing these strategies. (BCY)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educational Principles, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Human Services, Institutional Cooperation, Position Papers, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, Secondary School Students, Student Welfare, Well Being
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.