ERIC Number: ED416258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Neighbor to Neighbor Conference (St. Louis, MO, September 26-28, 1996).
Saint Louis Univ., MO.
In September 1996 academic and community members met for a 3-day conference entitled "Neighbor-to-Neighbor: Reflecting on Action." More than 20 community, school, or government based organizations presented papers in collaboration with an interdisciplinary group of Saint Louis University faculty to reflect on collaborative community programs. The conference was funded by the Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Urban Community Service Program. The 24 papers summarized in this volume exhibit a community service orientation and demonstrate what academics and community members can do when they go about collaboration. The theme for the first day involved community needs and asset assessments, while the second day focused on how community-university partnerships impact urban life. The theme for the third day involved presentations on preparing for the year 2000 and knowing who urban children really are. The collection of papers demonstrates that academics and community leaders communicate in different ways, but they show what must be acknowledged to create successful collaborations, that collaboration is a process that improves with reflective thinking. Section I, "Reflections on University and Community Collaborations: Listening to Needs and Mapping Assets" contains 11 papers or summaries of papers about beginning collaboration. Section II, "Reflecting on How Partnerships Impact Urban Life: Economics, Safety, Health, and Housing for Families and Communities," contains 13 paper and summaries of papers and presentations that deal with the implementation of collaborative approaches. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College School Cooperation, Community Involvement, Cooperation, Disadvantaged Youth, Education Work Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, Needs Assessment, 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: Saint Louis Univ., MO.