ERIC Number: ED426508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Community Building: Imagining New Models.
Northwest Education, v4 n2 Win 1998
School-community collaborations are partnerships that can take different forms and serve many purposes. An overview of some partnership models is provided in this text. It shows how schools can play a central role in the revitalization of a community by serving as community centers and by fostering school-based enterprises. Ways in which students can be connected to their environment through a program called Discovery Team, an educational initiative that allows students to explore the forests and valleys of their community, are discussed. Programs can take shape in the remote areas of Alaska, such as the one described for the village of Quinhagak where the customs and heritage of the Yup'ik community are being preserved, to urban Seattle, where a grassroots effort, combined with a school-community program called Powerful Schools, has energized the area. Other programs, such as the one in the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon where the community and the schools work in harmony to benefit all the citizens of the area, to initiatives in which urban neighborhoods that use personable approaches to solve big-city problems and enhance social services, are likewise detailed. Programs ranging from financial aid for higher education to strengthening bonds between the school and the community are likewise featured. (RJM)
Descriptors: Community Services, Cooperative Programs, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Effectiveness, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, School Role
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204-3297; Web site: http://www.nwrel.org
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
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