ERIC Number: ED451580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Policymakers Build Bridges to the Public.
Insights on Education Policy, Practice, and Research, n13 Nov 2000.
This publication reviews a public-engagement program entitled "Calling the Roll: Study Circles for Better Schools." The program, which was implemented with help from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, called for policymakers to interact with the public in study circles in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The report relates what the policymakers had to say about this method of connecting with their constituents. They reported that study circles have the potential to benefit their work in two major ways: by increasing the flow of information between policymakers and constituents and by helping them build relationships with their constituents. The study circles allowed policymakers to hear a diversity of perspectives from constituents whom they would not ordinarily encounter, helped them to receive information that they then added to information received from other sources, enabled them to establish personal networks they could tap for information and expertise, and allowed for increased credibility among policymakers and constituents as each learned about the other's needs. Policymakers also viewed the study-circle format as a way to activate a new and broader constituency for public education. In general, the study circles offered a structure with the potential to bridge the gap between state education policymaking and the schools such policies affect. (RJM)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Organizational Communication, Outreach Programs, Policy Formation, School Community Relationship
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 211 East Seventh Street, Austin, TX 78701. Tel: 800-476-6861 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.sedl.org. For full text: http://www.sedl.org/policy/insights/n13/1.html.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Oklahoma