ERIC Number: ED458384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Organizing Community-Wide Dialogue for Action and Change: A Step-by-Step Guide.
Campbell, Sarah vL.; Malick, Amy; Landesman, John; Barrett, Molly Holme; Leighninger, Matt; McCoy, Martha L.; Scully, Patrick L.
This document is a step-by-step guide to organizing a study circle program to serve as a vehicle to achieve communitywide dialogue for action and change. Part 1 provides an overview of communitywide study circle programs, with special emphasis on their operation and impact. Part 2 details the following steps in organizing a communitywide study circle program: (1) get started; (2) clarify your issue and think about discussion materials; (3) build your team; (4) develop a plan; (5) share the work of organizing study circles (plan and carry out communication; develop a budget and fund-raising plan; document and evaluate the program; recruit participants and form diverse groups; plan for actions; recruit, train, and support facilitators; plan the kickoff; find sites and handle logistics); (6) hold a round of study circles; and (7) sustain your program and expand the impact of your work. Part 3 profiles successful study circle programs in the following communities: Decatur, Georgia; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Guilderland, New York; Inglewood, California; and Springfield, Illinois. Part 4 contains appendixes presenting guidelines for involving public officials, young people, and the media in a study circle program, as well as a 17-item annotated bibliography. Fifteen sample documents, illustrations, and charts are included throughout the guide. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Annotated Bibliographies, Case Studies, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Community Action, Community Development, Community Education, Community Programs, Cooperative Planning, Definitions, Group Discussion, Group Dynamics, Guidelines, Job Development, Mass Media, Neighborhood Improvement, Outreach Programs, Performance Factors, Place Based Education, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Guides, Program Implementation, Public Officials, Public Relations, Publicity, Resource Materials, Safety, School Community Relationship, Strategic Planning, Success, Teamwork, Youth
Study Circles Resource Center, P.O. Box 203, Pomfret, CT 06258 ($30). Tel: 860-928-2616; Fax: 860-928-3713; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.studycircles.org/pdf/SCRCPG.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.