ERIC Number: ED485303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Reference Count: 40
Locating Local Education Funds: A Conceptual Framework for Describing LEFs' Contribution to Public Education
Brown, Diane; Christman, Jolley Bruce; Hartmann, Tracey; Simon, Elaine
Research for Action
Research on intermediary organizations provides insight for situating Local Education Funds in the range of organizations working to improve public schools. Like other intermediaries, LEFs serve as brokers, operate as flexible organizations, and add value when they coordinate school improvement efforts. LEFs occupy a distinct space among intermediaries in that they are long-standing organizations with strong local ties that have a single focus on improving education. They bring to their work both a perspective of depth and quality and a belief in the value of innovation and experimentation. They also attract a wide array of stakeholders and they have long-term, multi-faceted relationships with local school districts. Because of their distinguishing characteristics, LEFs are well-positioned to contribute to public school reform efforts that are both deep and broad. LEFs undertake a wide range of work and this paper offers a preliminary framework for conceptualizing that work and its potential outcomes. The framework identifies eight outcome areas that can contribute to building capacity in both the civic and school/district arenas to support school improvement. LEFs use a variety of strategies that contribute to civic capacity, school capacity or both, and LEFs vary in the degree to which they emphasize work toward building "civic capacity" and work towards building "school capacity."
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Education Network, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Action, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.