ERIC Number: ED486485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 0
Taking Responsibility: Using Public Engagement to Reform Our Public Schools
Lau, Barbara, Ed.
Public Education Network
This document describes the work of communities participating in the Public Education Network's policy initiative, which focuses on public engagement as the key element in sustainable school reform and on local education funds (LEFs) as key intermediaries in the engagement process. This document provides a snapshot of what has taken place in these communities and what LEFs have learned in the process of implementing this initiative. The issues, lessons, and challenges highlighted here have been gleaned from notes from strategic discussions and meetings, program reports, LEF profiles, review of local documentation, interviews with team members from the local sites, and site visit reports. These stories and related information will undoubtedly influence future phases of the work. The publication tracks this engagement process, beginning with an examination of the theory, moving through implementation strategies toward the desired policy change, highlighting a series of insights gained, and ending with a description of the role played by LEFs and the questions they are considering as they move forward. This document may prove helpful to the communities involved in this initiative, to other members of Public Education Network, and to anyone interested in organizing or supporting efforts to engage the public in public education. Appended are: (1) Fair Opportunities-to-Learn Framework: Standards and Accountability; (2) Community Assessment Framework: Schools and Community; (3) Teacher Quality Data Framework; and (4) Participating LEF Sites.
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Public Education, Public Schools, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Teacher Effectiveness, School Community Relationship, Community Role
Public Education Network, 601 Thirteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202- 6287-460; Web site: http://www.PublicEducation.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Education Network, Washington, DC.