ERIC Number: ED416257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Challenge to Excellence. National Conference Report. Conference of the Foundation for Excellent Schools (Newport, Rhode Island, November 14-15, 1997).
Foundation for Excellent Schools, Middlebury, VT.
The Foundation for Excellent Schools (FES) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of American public education through programs designed to increase opportunities and improve the academic performance of all students by bringing together educators, students, parents, and the local business community. Since 1987, the FES and its predecessor organizations (notably the National College Counseling Project) have worked with 110 schools to create low-budget, grassroots, self-sustaining programs. This report from the FES national conference in 1997 highlights key presentations and summarizes key topics grouped into the following areas: (1) "Creating an Educational Community"; (2) "Parents as Partners"; (3) "Winning the Literacy Challenge"; (4) "The Power of Partnering with Colleges"; and (5) "An FES Priority: Transforming High-Risk into High-Promise." Other featured topics included fundraising tips, leadership development, and ways to make the transition from school to work. Each section presents some examples of FES school programs and the ways participants exchanged ideas and found ways to adapt innovations from one school to another. The report concludes with excerpts from the keynote address by Albert R. Dowden, of Volvo Group North America, Inc., who asked educators to face the challenges of educating young people for the critical thinking they will need in the work world. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College School Cooperation, Community Development, Cooperation, Disadvantaged Youth, Education Work Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Excellent Schools, Middlebury, VT.