ERIC Number: ED477183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb-27
Strengthening Schools and Communities through Collaboration: Final Evaluation Report on School/Community Collaboration in the Center for School Change's Phase II Grant Sites, 1997-2000.
Scheie, David M.
This report presents the evaluations of 20 rural school/community collaborative projects supported by the Center for School Change between 1997 and 2000. The report is divided into four sections: an overview, a description of the shape of school/community collaborations, a discussion of the outcomes of school/community collaboration, and a conclusion. Many of the projects in the program operated in the midst of decades-long population declines or below-average growth. The evaluations revealed that teachers, principals, and community members who were confronted with these obstacles solved many practical problems to put their ideas of community-based education into operation. Those who succeeded showed themselves to be skilled at dealing with ambiguity and complexity, to be flexible in the face of unforeseen obstacles and opportunities, and to be adept at working with adults, as well as children. These school leaders demonstrated how carefully developed collaborative efforts can achieve meaningful benefits for students, schools, and the broader community. Many community leaders became convinced that these projects deepened the pool of future civic leaders, business operators, and workers for their communities. The report recommends time and patience when building school/community collaboration, advising schools to start small and to secure strong, supportive leadership from principals and superintendents. Appended are: Evaluation Instruments; Student Writing Assessments; and Academic Assessment Summaries. (RJM)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Cooperation, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Small Schools, Summative Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for School Change.
Authoring Institution: Rainbow Research, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.
Note: Written with T. Williams.