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ERIC Number: ED560117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Joint Ventures: An Experiment in Community/Professional Co-Framing in K-12 Education
Public Agenda
What happens when local school leaders sit down to talk with teachers, parents, and other members of the community about the ends and means of local education? Can people bringing different perspectives and experiences to the issue agree on top goals for their communities? Can they settle on needed changes and decide what signifies genuine progress? This memo summarizes insights from Public Agenda's work with the Kettering Foundation exploring the potential for district/community "co-framing" of local K-12 education issues. "Co-framing," in this context, means a process that allows leaders, professional educators, parents, and other citizens to work together to set goals, identify solutions, and assess progress. The chief questions addressed in this research are: (1) Is it possible for these groups to have deeper, more deliberative conversations on improving education and learning?; (2) Would these co-framed conversations lead to a more diverse set of solutions?; and (3) What might be needed to prompt and support such dialogue and collaborative thinking more broadly? This co-framing project is a small-scale exploratory effort building on Public Agenda and Kettering research over the last several years, in particular, work on accountability ("Don't Count Us Out: How an Overreliance on Accountability Could Undermine the Public's Confidence in Schools, Business, Government, and More" and "'Will It Be on the Test?' A Closer Look at How Leaders and Parents Think about Accountability in Public Schools"). Based on the experiments conducted for this research, the idea of co-framing responds to leaders' desire for more responsive, realistic, and informed community participation. Co-framing also seems to address the public's hunger for more genuine and personal forms of communications and participation. Moreover, co-framing provides at least a partial answer to the fear that our nation and communities have become so politically and socially divided that we can no longer talk to each other--much less work together to solve problems. A bibliography and a list of related publications are included. [For "'Will It Be on the Test?' A Closer Look at How Leaders and Parents Think about Accountability in the Public Schools," see ED547418.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Agenda; Kettering Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Louisiana; Maryland; New Jersey