ERIC Number: ED447246
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Now! Results of National Conversations on Education & Race.
Schaffer, Howie, Ed.
This report is designed to help readers understand the experiences of communities dealing with issues of education and race. It chronicles the experiences of 8 communities that convened conversations about education and race involving about 1,000 participants in over 60 public forums nationwide. The report presents strategies and hands-on tools for encouraging and helping communities interested in holding their own conversations on education and race. Section 1, "Stories from the Field," chronicles the experiences of eight communities. While geographically and demographically different, each confronts similar educational issues. They share information on such issues as community context, local partners, goals and objectives, planning, gathering facts, engaging the public, and the future. Section 2, "Tools and Lessons Learned," presents actual materials developed and used to plan and conduct effective conversations. It offers lessons learned from organizers and participants to improve discussion experiences, focusing on getting started, planning conversations, researching the school and community, engaging the public, publicizing the work, evaluating conversations, and moving on. Some of the report's findings are that conversation creates understanding; parents are eager for results; holding public forums on education and race is labor-intensive; relationships are critical; and diversity brings riches. An appendix presents national partners and funders. (SM)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Program Development, Public Education, Racial Factors, Racial Relations
Public Education Network, 601 Thirteenth Street, N.W., Suite 900 North, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-628-7460; Fax: 202-628-1893; Web site: http://www.PublicEducation.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Surdna Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Public Education Network, Washington, DC.; Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.