ERIC Number: ED387900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Every School a Community: The Academic Value of Strong Social Bonds among Staff and Students.
OSSC Bulletin, v39 n1 Oct 1995
This bulletin focuses on the role that community plays in creating a positive school environment. Drawing from research and practice, it offers insights and suggestions for helping children form social bonds, instilling in them core values, and serving as a safe haven for those students whose home lives lack a sense of safety. The bulletin begins with a brief discussion of the term "school community." Chapter 1 outlines the essential characteristics of community and notes the difficulties of defining the boundaries of school community. Chapter 2 provides evidence in support of the benefits of a strong school community. The third chapter presents three case studies in community-building, which offer working models that administrators and practitioners can use in selecting and developing strategies in their own schools. Profiles of two principals are offered in chapter 4, in which the innovative strategies the principals used to create a caring environment for students is described. Chapter 5 offers recommendations for developing a strong sense of community within the school. Suggestions focus not only on forging bonds among people but on creating a sense of place. (Contains 41 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Educational Cooperation, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Mission, Organizational Climate, Principals
Publication Sales, Oregon School Study Council, 1787 Agate Street, 5207 University of Oregon, College of Education, Eugene, OR 97403-5207 ($7, nonmember; $4.50, member; $3 postage and handling on billed orders).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.