ERIC Number: ED382805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
School Community Centers: Guidelines for Interagency Planners.
Ringers, Joseph, Jr.; Decker, Larry E.
This publication brings together ideas, techniques, and designs that have been encountered by designers of school community centers. It is intended as a guide to creating a school community center that will meet the needs of a particular community and help make it a more vibrant, healthy, desirable place in which to live. Part I (encompassing chapters 1-3) is an overview that discusses the following topics: the evolution of the school community center, changing profiles and challenges of education, and school community centers today--basic characteristics, programs, planning and design considerations, site, security, and examples. Part II focuses on the process. Chapter 4 addresses interagency linkages. Chapter 5 describes the change process--the change agent, decision-making process, cultivating allies, bureaucratic bargaining, political action, and change to a school community center. Chapter 6 looks at planning for change, including planning groups, planning for action, toward consensus, and forming and weighing options. Part III considers potential barriers. Chapter 7 identifies major barriers to change initiatives in educational systems and other concerns; Chapter 8 discusses solving problems. Topics in chapter 8 are as follows: selecting consultants, compromise, legal issues, funding, complexity, and confidentiality. Focus of part IV is on facility operation. Three chapters (9-11) cover the building, managing the center, and key elements for success. Contains 33 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Change Strategies, Community Centers, Community Coordination, Community Education, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Educational Change, Integrated Services, Lifelong Learning, Problem Solving, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, School Role
Mid-Atlantic Center for Community Education, Ruffner Hall, 405 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903 ($14.95; 2-9 copies: $12.95; 10 or more: $9.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. Mid-Atlantic Center for Community Education.