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ERIC Number: ED558543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Partnerships, Not Pushouts. A Guide for School Board Members: Community Partnerships for Student Success. Version 1.0
Institute for Educational Leadership
In today's global economy, a high-quality, comprehensive education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity--it is a prerequisite for success. Such an education must promote academic knowledge and skills, as well as the kind of individual and social competencies that are essential for navigating the relationships and challenges of the modern world. Because economic progress and educational achievement are inextricably linked, educating every American student to graduate from high school academically, socially, and emotionally prepared for college and a career is a national imperative. This policy guide is designed to provide school board members with a blueprint for better-coordinated support and opportunity systems for children and families in partnership with key stakeholders--such as students, parents, teachers, other school staff, principals, district officials, community partners, and elected officials--so all children can benefit from a Personal Opportunity Plan from the time they enter the public school system until they graduate from college. This guide examines the role of individualized learning plans and the leveraging of community partnerships in delivering more time, attention, and personalized and tailored resources directly to students. It is structured so policymakers can build on concrete action steps to adapt strategies to meet their own local needs, and gives school board members a chance to examine current district partnerships and determine what new efforts and capacity might be needed to promote and sustain more comprehensive and cohesive education models. These whole-child strategies--centered on the academic, social, emotional, and physical health of every student--require a different type of policy vision and school design, as well as deep partnerships in order to be successful. A list of resources and notes are included in this guide. The following are appended: (1) Defining Personal Opportunity Plans; and (2) Options for School Board & Intergovernmental Policies (From the Coalition for Community Schools & Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning) for Student-Centered Supports. [Additional organizations involved in the development of this guide include: Opportunity Action and the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership; Alliance for Excellent Education; American Federation of Teachers; National School Boards Association; National Education Association; Rural School and Community Trust; Coalition for Community Schools; Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
Identifiers - Location: California; Connecticut; Indiana; Kentucky; Maine; Missouri; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Tennessee; Vermont