ERIC Number: ED368080
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Community Coalitions To Restructure Schools. ERIC Digest, Number 88.
Peterson-del Mar, David
Coalition building and school restructuring unfortunately do not always occur together. But the two forces can complement each other and combine their resources and strengths. Coalitions are organizations or groups of individuals who share a commitment to a particular issue. Although coalitions involved in school restructuring may in the long run save school districts' resources, initially they require great investments of time and energy. Coalitions can also create friction in school systems where educators or administrators are not prepared for outside input or to share power. Coalition building for school leaders requires reaching out to the community, getting involved in community activities, and recognizing school leaders as community leaders. Coalition builders are often driven by altruism and self-interest and should be prepared to identify specific measures they propose to assist in school restructuring. Maintaining a coalition requires early participation, local solutions, and effective communication. (Contains nine references.) (JPT)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Community Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Responsibility, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, School Restructuring
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403 (free; $2.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.