ERIC Number: ED364958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Building Coalitions To Restructure Schools.
Peterson-del Mar, David
OSSC Bulletin, v37 n3 Nov 1993
This bulletin describes how schools are building coalitions with parents, businesses, and social agencies as part of their restructuring efforts. Data were derived from a review of literature and interviews conducted with principals, parents, teachers, business people, social workers, and state administrators. Chapter 1 outlines the general principles of collaborative school restructuring. It begins with several theoretical concerns--the reasons for restructuring, types of restructuring, and the relationship between restructuring and collaboration. The chapter then discusses how to determine if restructuring should occur and how to prepare staff and other members for collaborative restructuring. Chapters 2, 3, and 4 examine particular types of coalitions, namely those with parents, businesses, and social-service agencies. Each chapter addresses the types of restructuring projects that schools are undertaking within each group, how such endeavors are initiated and structured, and how to avoid pitfalls. A conclusion is that all three types of coalitions have the potential to change and improve the educational environment. Successful coalitions are characterized by early participation by people outside the school; effective communication; and local, grassroots solutions for local problems. (LMI)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Participative Decision Making, School Based Management, School Business Relationship, School Restructuring
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.