This guide is designed as a tool to help members of the education sector involve community members in discussions about their local schools and learn how to become involved in the process of improving education in their community. The first half of the guide presents basic material for conducting a four- to seven-session discussion program based on the study circle model. Materials dealing with the following discussion topics are included: how schools affect communities and community members' lives; what community members want graduates to know and be able to do; how schools can meet every students' needs, make schools safer, deal with racial and ethnic diversity, and provide high quality education with limited resources;and what community members can do to improve education. The next section presents basic "how-to" materials on the following aspects of the study circle process: the structure, goals, and operation of study circles; organizing and leading study circles on education; and suggestions for participants. Concluding the guide is a listing of 13 organizations, 39 publications, and 7 videos dealing with community involvement in improving education, as well as the sources of the 5 "schools that work" stories included in the preceding section.
Leighninger, Matthew and Niedergang, Mark, "Education: How Can Schools and Communities Work Together To Meet the Challenge? A Guide for Involving Community Members in Public Dialogue and Problem-Solving" (1995). Partnerships/Community. 39.