ERIC Number: ED446817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
It Won't Happen Unless We Try: An Activity Guide for Partnerships among Schools, Families and Communities.
Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.
This activity guide is intended to further school-family-community partnerships to help all children succeed. The guide is based on "conversation starters" which were created during the initial phase of a Family Involvement/Community Engagement Project conducted by the Laboratory at Brown University from September 1996 through June 1997. In each of the project's six schools, a team of school administrators, teachers, family advocates, families, and community representatives began conversations about school/family/community connections to support school reform from different points of view. Each school then developed its own action plan. The three conversation starters were: (1) Where is our school headed?; (2) How is our school involving families and the community?; and (3) How can our school broaden its family and community support? Using these questions as a starting point, this activity guide discusses how to expand on the conversation. Suggestions are organized into the following areas: (1) "Getting Started"; (2) "More than Just Talk"; (3) "Where Is Our School Headed? What Are Its Goals for Students?"; (4) "How Is Our School Involving Families and the Community? Why Is It Involving Them?"; and (5) "How Can Our School Broaden Its Community and Family Support?" (EV)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Institutional Cooperation, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, School Support
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.