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ERIC Number: ED539556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Building Family and Community Demand for Dramatic Change in Schools
Brinson, Dana; Steiner, Lucy
Public Impact
District-led, dramatic change efforts in failing schools--including turnarounds and school closures--often face strong resistance from families and communities. Resistance may be based on years of tension and distrust between districts and communities, failed past school improvement efforts, or a lack of understanding about the chasm between a failing school's performance and what is possible. We asked what districts and community organizations have done to engage families and communities in demanding dramatic change in their schools and how various stakeholders have been involved in establishing shared values and goals for change, choosing from available options, and holding districts accountable for improving outcomes for children. This report and related presentation share lessons learned about the barriers districts and communities across the country have faced in building community demand for dramatic change as well as strategies for overcoming those barriers. The report includes three vignettes about efforts to build community demand for dramatic change in Denver, Philadelphia, and Chicago schools. (Contains 13 notes and 4 resources.) [Additional funding for this paper was provided by the NewSchools Venture Fund.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: Public Impact
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Illinois; Pennsylvania