ERIC Number: ED383955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Pupil Services and Education Reform.
Adelman, Howard S.; Taylor, Linda
It is commonplace for school restructuring proposals to mention the need for support programs and services that will address barriers to students' learning and performance. This paper explores some concerns about prevailing policies that address impediments to learning (including but not limited to school violence and substance abuse). Emphasized here is the need for revising policy at all levels and the importance of moving from fragmented and narrowly targeted strategies to a cohesive and comprehensive continuum of interventions. Also highlighted is the argument that enabling activities must be treated as a primary and essential component of education reform and not just as "add ons" that fall away with budget cuts. It is suggested that restructuring policy be unified through an "Enabling Component." This Component would guide efforts in restructuring enabling activity in schools, would weave such activities together with initiatives to integrate community health and social services, and would intertwine the whole enterprise with instruction. A specific programmatic approach and infrastructure for establishing an Enabling Component is presented. Six programmatic areas that enabling activity may fall into are: classroom focused enabling; student and family assistance; crisis assistance and prevention; support for transitions; home involvement in schooling; and community outreach for involvement and support (including a focus on volunteers). The emphasis throughout is on collaboration, coordination, and integration among all enabling activities and with the instructional and management components. Education reformers are cautioned that unless they place a high priority on restructuring activities that eliminate obstacles to learning, it is likely that the eight National Education Goals will not be realized. Contains 41 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the "Safe Schools, Safe Students: A Collaborative Approach to Achieving Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools Conducive to Learning" Conference (Washington, DC, October 28-29, 1994).