ERIC Number: ED449249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Building Support for Better Schools: Seven Steps to Engaging Hard-to-Reach Communities = La creacion de apoyo para mejores escuelas: Siete pasos para lograr la participacion de todas las comunidades.
Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
In 1999, the Southern Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) interviewed leaders from Hispanic, African American, Native American, and Asian communities in Arkansas and Oklahoma to understand what keeps parents and others from participating in community forums. After conducting more than fifty interviews, SEDL developed seven steps to help educators, civic leaders, parents, and community members involve more parents and community members from different socioeconomic and minority backgrounds in conversations about improving public schools. The seven steps, outlined in English and Spanish, are: (1) know your community; (2) identify the issues; (3) designate facilitators; (4) train facilitators; (5) recruit participants; (6) locate a meeting site and handle logistics; and (7) follow up with participants. (SLD)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Implementation, Public Schools, Socioeconomic Status
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 211 East Seventh Street, Austin, TX 78701-3281. Tel: 512-476-6861; Web site: http://sedl.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Note: This publication was written for SEDL by KSA-Plus Communications.