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ERIC Number: ED458384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 162
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Study Circles Resource Center, P.O. Box 203, Pomfret, CT 06258 ($30). Tel: 860-928-2616; Fax: 860-928-3713; e-mail: For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.