ERIC Number: ED414352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Working Together. Harnessing Community Resources To Improve Middle Schools.
A community coalition for middle school reform is a group of individuals who organize to learn more about the education of young adolescents and engage community resources to improve local schools. Each coalition should be geared to the unique needs and strengths of its own school system and community. This booklet describes coalitions in three communities and gives advice drawn from their experiences. In each of the following cities, the school system has received help from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation in improving middle school education: (1) Louisville (Kentucky); (2) Jackson (Mississippi); and (3) Long Beach (California). As their experiences illustrate, schools with a commitment to middle school reform are likely to incorporate recognition of the distinct developmental and educational needs of young adolescents with a focus on long-term success in education and work. A challenging curriculum combined with high expectations, collaboration and communication between teachers and parents, and a strong commitment to continuing teacher training are also important elements of the middle school reform effort. Examples from the three communities illustrate steps in starting a community coalition. Educating young adolescents should be an urgent priority in all schools. A coalition for middle school reform can bring together the resources needed to advocate for and support the most important goals: high achievement for all students and a firm foundation for their futures. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Involvement, Cooperation, Early Adolescents, Educational Change, Financial Support, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, School Districts, School Restructuring, Teacher Expectations of Students, Urban Schools
Office of Communications, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, 250 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10177-0026 (postage charge may apply to bulk orders); fax: 212-986-4558.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.