ERIC Number: ED451020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Thriving Together: Connecting Rural School Improvement and Community Development = Prosperando juntos: La conexion entre el mejoramiento de la escuela rural y el desarrollo comunitario.
Available in English or Spanish, this resource guide aims to help rural schools and communities learn ways of supporting each other so that both can thrive. Background information and basic tools are provided for starting a joint school-community development effort. Chapters contain: (1) outline of the guide and statement of beliefs about effective school-community development projects; (2) reasons why such efforts are worthwhile, and checklists of rural school and community needs and issues; (3) characteristics of schools and communities that are ready for change, and worksheets for informal assessment of support and resistance for a school-community development project; (4) core concepts and steps in the collaborative action team process; (5) reclaiming the school's role as community center through after-school programs, community education, and integrated services for students and families; (6) using the community as curriculum through service learning projects; (7) work-based learning, including entrepreneurial education and school-based enterprises; (8) concerns related to student safety, liability, school security, on-site supervision, transportation, child labor laws, and confidentiality; and (9) resource publications and organizations providing technical assistance or information. (SV)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Development, Community Schools, Cooperative Programs, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Entrepreneurship, Place Based Education, Program Development, Relevance (Education), Rural Development, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Service Learning
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 211 E. Seventh St., Austin, TX 78701; Tel: 512-476-6861 ($39.95 for English or Spanish).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Note: Amy Averett and Catherine Jordan edited the English version. The Spanish version was edited by Amy Averett, Catherine Jordan, and Victor Rodriguez and translated by Bertha De la Garza.