ERIC Number: ED465848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Communities Working for Better Schools.
Lewis, Anne C.
The conference, Communities Working for Better Schools, brought together more than 120 parents, community organizers, and educators from a dozen cities nationwide who shared their stories about efforts to get better schools for their children, and as a consequence, better neighborhoods for their families. This publication presents information from the conference in the following areas: communities working for better schools (how to turn low-performing urban schools and districts around); what community involvement in school reform looks like (e.g., a school-community partnerships in El Paso, Texas); issues of race and class that permeate the quality of working relationships and education in urban communities; community work that has improved education in Austin, Texas, Toledo, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois; sharing expertise to answer questions (e.g., program development, program evaluation, and sustaining program work); improving community capacity; reaching conference goals through hands-on, skill-building experiences and focused discussions; and issues and action for the future (e.g., funding community organizing and leadership development, sustaining organizing work to support school reform, linking schools with community work, and collecting and using good data). (SM)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Group Children, Partnerships in Education, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination, School Community Relationship, Social Class, Urban Schools
Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform, 407 Dearborn Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60605 ($7). Tel: 312-322-4880; Web site: http://www.crosscity.org. For full text: http://www.crosscity.org/pdfs/community.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Open Society Inst., New York, NY.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform, Chicago, IL.