ERIC Number: ED425240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Report from the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Cohesive Policy in Addressing Barriers to Development & Learning.
Adelman, Howard; Taylor, Linda
The 1997 national summit on barriers to student learning led to a proposal for the creation of a policy-oriented coalition of organizations with a stake in addressing barriers to development, learning, and teaching. The School Mental Health Project/Center for Mental Health in Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles, offered to play a catalytic role and provide technical support for this coalition. In early March 1998, a strategic planning meeting was held, attended by members of the coalition's new steering committee who were able to be there. A working draft of the report on this meeting was circulated for comment, and this report incorporates feedback received as of May 1, 1998. The coalition was formed specifically to work for greater policy cohesion. It plans to analyze existing initiatives from the perspective of how they address barriers to development and learning and how better results can be achieved through enhancing policy cohesion and filling in gaps in policy and practice. The initial meeting identified seven activities that could be pursued immediately. These centered around building a communications infrastructure and gathering data about existing policy initiatives. Other steps in creating the organizational and operational infrastructure were outlined. Appendixes contain: (1) a list of participating organizations; (2) a description of some tools to guide analyses of policy related to barriers to development and learning; (3) the "Principles To Link By" developed by over 50 organizations in January 1994; (4) some guidelines for thinking about principles in addressing barriers to development and learning; and (5) examples of initiatives that need to be mapped and analyzed. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health Schools.