ERIC Number: ED415329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond the Classroom: Experiences of a School-Based Services Project.
Iscoe, Louise K.
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health created the School of the Future (SoF) project to enable selected Texas schools to coordinate and implement school-based social and health services on their campuses and to demonstrate the effectiveness of this method of service delivery by evaluating the project. The SoF operated in four sites, each with a middle school and one or two feeder elementary schools in four Texas cities: Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The SoF brought together a variety of health and social services programs designed to enhance the well-being of the children in the target areas and their families. The information in this report, which is an explanation of project implementation rather than a how-to manual for program replication, came from surveys of coordinators, educators, service providers, parents and others who played important roles and with interviews conducted throughout the program. The implementation of a variety of social services was the program strength mentioned most often by survey respondents. Parent development was also mentioned as a major strength. Another key to SoF success was the presence of strong coordinators. The evaluation also demonstrated some challenging realities the implementation sites faced, but emphasis on program strengths probably accounts for the fact that the SoF initiatives were continued, although in altered form, after the funding period ended. (Contains 20 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Community Involvement, Delivery Systems, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Integrated Services, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Parent Participation, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Qualitative Research, Surveys, Urban Schools
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, c/o Publications Office, The University of Texas, P.O. Box 7998, Austin, TX 78713-7998; phone: 512-471-5041; fax: 512-471-9608.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.
Identifiers - Location: Texas