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ERIC Number: ED499142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
For Generations to Come: A Leadership Guide to Renewing Public School Buildings
21st Century School Fund
This guide provides a framework for community involvement in the complex process of modernizing or building new public school buildings. The guide reflects two fundamental premises: (1) The condition and design of school buildings and grounds affect the quality of education and the vitality of the school and its community; and (2) Broad community involvement in decisions affecting public schools results in better education, better facilities, and stronger communities. This publication makes this complex and demanding process less intimidating by breaking it down into five steps: assessment, envisioning, planning, development, and implementation. The introduction to this guide provides an overview of how facilities affect the quality of education and community, and how to initiate and manage the process of improving a public school building. After describing how to get started, the guide devotes a chapter to each step in the process. Throughout this guide are actual stories of communities working their way through this process. Following the five steps for community involvement presented in this guide will result with a better school building and with a stronger community that is able to support all aspects of student learning and achievement.
21st Century School Fund. 1816 12th Street NW, Thurgood Marshall Center, Washington, DC 20009. Tel: 202-745-3745; Fax: 202-745-1713; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.
Authoring Institution: 21st Century School Fund, Washington, DC
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A