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ERIC Number: EJ794827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 32
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1059-308X
Faith-Based Organizing for School Improvement in the Texas Borderlands: A Case Study of the Texas Alliance School Initiative
Quezada, Timothy
School Community Journal, v14 n1 p7-38 Spr-Sum 2004
This multi-site case study examined the relationships and interactions among school professionals, parents, and a faith-based institution striving to create viable learning communities in the Texas Borderlands. Through a school-community partnership known as the Texas Alliance School Initiative, two sample schools collaborated with the El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization, a local faith-based institution, to facilitate parental engagement with the school and to meaningfully connect the school to its community. This yearlong study sought to examine the impact of the Initiative as a conduit for school improvement and constructive partnerships. Qualitative research methods were used to collect and analyze the study data. Results indicate that the Initiative significantly impacted parent leadership, self-confidence, and community activism. School personnel reported strengthened bonds with parents and the community. Parent centers, parent academies, and parent educators were described as integral to the Alliance School concept. Research participants also cited institutional borders, such as contrived collaboration, constrained professional discretion, limited institutional capacity, and conflicting organizational agendas as potential problems with the Initiative.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001