ERIC Number: EJ854588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 27
Promoting Better Family-School-Community Partnerships for All of America's Children
Lechtenberger, DeAnn; Mullins, Frank E.
Beyond Behavior, v14 n1 p17-22 Fall 2004
Schools have been given the challenge to become better partners with not only families of children with emotional behavioral disorders but also with local community organizations that serve children, youth, and families. These partnerships are a necessity because current school and stand-alone community programs fall short of meeting the mental health needs of today's students. To complicate matters, students with serious emotional/behavioral challenges often receive services that are too little, too late, and fragmented. Collaborative community partnerships encourage better communication between the most important people in the lives of children and youth: family members, schools, and the community. This article will provide readers an historical legislative overview and a variety of strategies that promote and strengthen family-school-community partnerships. Recommendations will be provided to assist educators, families, and community leaders in their efforts to provide more supportive environments that can produce better academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. A questionnaire for further discussion among potential partners is also included.
Descriptors: Community Leaders, Health Needs, Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Disorders, Community Programs, Community Organizations, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Parent School Relationship, Mental Health, Child Health, Educational History, Compliance (Legal), School Law, Federal Legislation, Educational Strategies, Questionnaires, Educational Policy, Special Education, Disabilities, Guidelines
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. Council for Exceptional Children, 1110 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22201-5704. Tel: 612-276-0140; Fax: 612-276-0142; Web site: http://www.ccbd.net/beyondbehavior/index.cfm?categoryID=D646D293-C09F-1D6F-F9C4E203B21F5EB8
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001