ERIC Number: ED532696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Reference Count: 11
Educators and Community Sharing Responsibility for Student Learning. Community Schools. Info Brief. Number 36
Blank, Martin J.; Shah, Bela P.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Schools continue to face a wide array of issues as they seek to improve student achievement and strengthen the community. While community schools have been identified as an important model for addressing these issues, the challenges to creating and sustaining them cannot be overlooked. They are complex systems that must be established carefully and with the support of a variety of community and educational organizations. In developing community schools, challenges include getting buy-in from constituents, establishing leadership and governance structures, organizing financial and human resources to ensure ongoing support, building the capacity for community involvement and access, integrating these reforms to support student achievement, and measuring the outcomes. Many of the strategies that can be used to address these challenges are highlighted in this "Infobrief." With strong leadership from policymakers, administrators, and practitioners from many fields, community schools can become a reality, fulfilling our promise to help all children become vital and contributing members of society. A list of resources is included.
Descriptors: Community Schools, Community Involvement, Academic Achievement, Governance, Educational Change, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parent School Relationship, School Community Relationship, Educational Administration, Educational Responsibility, Participative Decision Making, State Action, Government Role, Institutional Mission, Change Strategies, Strategic Planning, Educational Planning, Performance Factors, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development