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ERIC Number: EJ927344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0748-478X
Reaching Out
Becker, Jody
CURRENTS, v35 n6 p48-51 Jul-Aug 2009
The purpose of independent schools, from the very beginning, over 300 years ago, was to take young students and prepare them academically, spiritually, and constitutionally to serve the community. So the "public purpose of private education" has a long and consistent history in the missions of independent schools. In the United States today, independent schools educate just 1 percent of the K-12 population, but the goal for many school leaders is to engage the entire community, both near and far from the schoolhouse doors. Many private school leaders see a relevance and urgency in explicitly articulating the value of connections between their schools and the public schools in the communities that surround them. A growing number of schools are making those connections by working with Wingspan Partnerships, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping private schools rethink their community-engagement practices. The organization, which was founded two years ago, works with independent schools and their communities by auditing the public purpose programs already in place and recommending new strategies that will affect the larger area. Economically lean times can prompt a school to redefine its community service program. It may decide to refocus student and faculty engagement on fewer projects, or concentrate on projects with the most impact. Sometimes schools are surprised to see that resources on hand can support meaningful public-private school partnerships at little or no expense at all. That's the future: what works, for everyone, without adding cost.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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