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Community Building/Collaboration

This section includes 16 resources on partnership development and the collaborative process. Included is information on building a sense of community, understanding collaboration, and developing a collaborative service-delivery system.

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A Guide to Successful Public-Private Partnerships for Youth Programs (New)
Nanette Relave and Sharon Deich
This guide is for policymakers and program and community leaders interested in supporting youth initiatives. It defines public-private partnerships and explores why they are created and what they can do. The guide also examines effective strategies for establishing and sustaining partnerships based on successful national, state, and local models.
© 2007
Print$20.00
Web Resourcehttp://76.12.61.196/publications/publicPrivate_PM.pdf
The Finance Project
1401 New York Ave. NW, Ste. 800
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-628-4200
Fax: 202-628-1293
E-mail: info@financeproject.org
Web: http://www.financeproject.org

A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement
Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp
In producing this synthesis, the authors examined more than 50 research studies. A New Wave of Evidence presents evidence showing that schools must connect parent activities to student learning goals while being aware and respectful of differences among families. Specifically, schools need to build trust and collaborative relationships among teachers, families, and community leaders to address families' needs as well as their differences and to adhere to a philosophy of shared power and responsibility. (244 pages)
© 2002
Print$14.00
Web Resourcehttp://www.sedl.org/pubs/catalog/items/fam33.html
SEDL
4700 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723
Phone: 800-476-6861
Fax: 512-476-2286
Web: http://www.sedl.org

Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships (New)
Anne T. Henderson, Karen L. Mapp, Vivian R. Johnson, and Don Davies
Written for parents, teachers, administrators, and policymakers, Beyond the Bake Sale describes how to form essential relationships for encouraging student success. In the introduction the authors state, "Partnerships among schools, families, and community groups are not a luxury—they are a necessity." This timely resource provides useful tools, checklists, sample surveys, and school policies for promoting community and family involvement in the educational process. Topics include involving parents to help test scores; dealing with issues of race, class, and culture; and supporting advocacy. (338 pages)
© 2007
Print$25.00
The New Press
38 Greene St.
New York, NY 10013
Web: http://www.thenewpress.com

Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups That Can Solve Problems and Change the World (New)
Michael Jacoby Brown
This book is an all-inclusive step-by-step guide to starting or strengthening a community organization. It is meant for the volunteer as well as the paid employee—anyone who wants to strengthen or start an organization for community benefit. The book explains community organizing and presents a how-to guide for building an organization that includes such information as how to develop a mission, goals, and objectives. It starts by helping readers define what they want to accomplish and shows them exactly how to get there. Included in the book are exercises, case studies, and quick tips. (393 pages)
© 2006
Print$19.95
Web Resourcehttp://www.buildingpowerfulcommunityorganizations.com
Long Haul Press
10 Brattle Terr.
Arlington, MA 02474
Phone: 781-648-1508
E-mail: comments@buildingpowerfulcommunityorganizations.com
Web: http://www.longhaulpress.com

Community Schools: Partnerships for Excellence
Coalition for Community Schools
This resource defines the concept of a community school and discusses program areas found in community schools, the positive results achieved in existing community schools, and ways to finance community schools. The resource also highlights nine successful community school programs throughout the country. Finally, it lists key community school networks in the United States and their contact information. (16 pages)
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Web Resourcehttp://www.communityschools.org/partnershipsforexcellence.pdf
Coalition for Community Schools
c/o Institute for Educational Leadership
4455 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 310
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-822-8405
Fax: 202-872-4050
E-mail: ccs@iel.org
Web: http://www.communityschools.org

Community Visions, Community Solutions: Grantmaking for Comprehensive Impact
Joseph A. Connor and Stephanie Kadel-Taras
This publication describes a grantmaking process in which funders focus on solutions by helping communities identify their goals and then supporting and sustaining systematic efforts to reach those goals. Community Visions, Community Solutions presents the following topics: how funders can have a real impact on community problems, why many collaborations have failed, and how to support and sustain community problem solving. The appendix contains community governance strategies. (128 pages)
© 2003
Print$41.96
Fieldstone Alliance
60 Plato Blvd. E
St. Paul, MN 55107
Phone: 800-274-6024
Web: http://www.fieldstonealliance.org

Community-Based Learning: Engaging Students for Success and Citizenship (New)
Atelia Melaville, Amy C. Berg, and Martin J. Blank
A survey showed that 95% of students ages 13 to 19 believe opportunities for more realworld learning would improve their school. This coalition report says that community-based learning involves students in real-world problem-solving that is relevant and meaningful and addresses the problem of boredom and disengagement in school. The report includes a collection of teaching and learning strategies, including civic education, work-based education, and service learning. (54 pages)
© 2006
Web Resourcehttp://www.communityschools.org/CCSDocuments/CBLFinal.pdf
Coalition for Community Schools
4455 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 310
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-822-8405 x156
Fax: 202-872-4050
Web: http://www.communityschools.org

Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change (New)
Karen Pittman, Shanetta Martin, and Anderson Williams
This resource describes eight principles that any organization can use to help youth see that they have the responsibility and resources to improve their communities. The eight principles are: (1) designing an aggressive outreach strategy, (2) creating a strong home base, (3) identifying core issues, (4) conveying an intentional philosophy, (5) creating youth/ adult teams, (6) building youth and adult capacity, (7) providing individual support, and (8) sustaining access and influence. These principles were formulated from field research and are designed to engage young people in impacting a community. The authors describe each principle and provide concrete examples of implementation along with reflection questions. (32 pages)
© 2007
Print$5.00
Web Resourcehttp://www.forumfyi.org/files/FINALYouth_Engagment_8.15pdf.pdf
Forum for Youth Investment and Impact Strategies, Inc.
The Cady-Lee House
7064 Eastern Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20012-2031
Phone: 202-207-3333
Fax: 202-207-3329
E-mail: youth@forumfyi.org
Web: http://www.forumfyi.org

Discovering Community: Activities for Afterschool Programs (New)
Georgia Hall
Each activity in this book is explained in two parts, which are followed by discussion starters and sharing. On each activity page is a sidebar with the time it takes for the activity, materials needed, and goals for the activity. The projects highlighted in this publication were conducted within school-based afterschool programs operated by community-based organizations with middle school students.
© 2006
Web Resourcehttp://www.niost.org/publications/Discovering%20Community%20Activity%20Guide%20PDF.pdf
National Institute on Out-of-School Time
Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College
106 Central St.
Wellesley, MA 02481
Phone: 781-283-2547
Fax: 781-283-3657
Web: http://www.niost.org

Home, School, and Community Partnerships
Larry E. Decker and Virginia A. Decker
This book assists educational leaders, teachers, family members, and community advocates in creating and maintaining home-school-community partnerships. The authors present ideas and strategies for engaging people—whether they are individuals, agencies, businesses, or organizations—in partnerships with schools. Specifically, the book examines the principles and strategies for building family and community partnerships, the essential role of communities in supporting schools, school-community collaborations, the political realities of school partnerships, school safety and crisis management and its impact on partnerships, and ways to plan and evaluate your own comprehensive home-school-community partnership. The appendix includes contact information and Web sites organized by content area as additional resources. (284 pages)
© 2003
Print$32.95
Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Ste. 200
Lanham, MD 20706
Phone: 800-462-6420
Fax: 717-794-3803
Web: http://www.rowmaneducation.com

Journey Into Community: Looking Inside the Community Learning Center (Revised)
Steve R. Parson
This resource emphasizes the benefits of developing community learning centers. The author provides a roadmap for educators, parents, and community leaders who want to capitalize on these strengths. It also discusses the tools needed to achieve educational goals through the establishment of community learning centers. (160 pages)
© 2004
Print$19.95
Eye on Education
6 Depot Way W
Larchmont, NY 10538
Phone: 888-299-5350
Fax: 914-833-0761
Web: http://www.eyeoneducation.com

Kinship Care Resource Kit for Community and Faith-Based Organizations: Helping Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children (New)
Children's Defense Fund
Kinship care families often face difficulties and challenges due to lack of support or resources. Many of them are older individuals. They may have health problems of their own or may be living on limited incomes. This resource may help local organizations make a difference. It provides information on starting a support group, setting up a respite care program, and providing parenting education programs for kinship caregivers. Other sections address such issues as cash assistance, child care and early education, child welfare and foster care, housing, juvenile justice, legal options, and more. Important phone numbers and Web sites are listed throughout the guide to help readers locate further information on any topic. (84 pages)
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Web Resourcehttp://www.childrensdefense.org/site/DocServer/full.pdf?docid=526
ChildrenÕs Defense Fund
25 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 800-233-1200
E-mail: cdinfo@childrensdefense.org
Web: http://www.childrensdefense.org

Making the Difference: Research and Practice in Community Schools
Martin J. Blank, Atelia Melaville, and Bela P. Shah
The report examines 20 different community school initiatives across the United States with evidence that they have impacted education in four important areas: student learning, family engagement with students and schools, school effectiveness, and community vitality. Chapter 1 discusses the advantages that community schools have over traditional schools. Chapter 2 establishes five essential conditions for learning that are possible because of community schools' unique advantages. Chapter 3 provides an overview of 20 current evaluations of community school initiatives and the positive impact they have on students, schools, families, and communities. Chapter 4 helps interested parties move from research to practice. Finally, chapter 5 offers an action agenda for stakeholders who want to promote community schools in their area. (72 pages)
© 2003
Print$12.00
Web Resourcehttp://www.communityschools.org/mtd.homepage.html
Coalition for Community Schools
c/o Institute for Educational Leadership
1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 310
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-822-8405, ext. 156
Fax: 202-872-4050
E-mail: ccs@iel.org
Web: http://www.communityschools.org

Partners in Learning: From Conflict to Collaboration in Secondary Classrooms
Carol Miller Lieber
This resource assists secondary teachers in supporting the cognitive and social-emotional development of their students. The author presents 10 core practices that enable students and teachers to work together to achieve learning goals. This practical guide contains a chapter on classroom management and discipline and instructions for arranging classrooms to support these practices Also provided is a detailed plan for student orientation, community building, and course content for the first 30 days of school. Hundreds of activities and tips are included. (344 pages)
© 2002
Print$38.00
Educators for Social Responsibility
23 Garden St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 800-370-2515
Fax: 617-864-5164
Web: http://www.esrnational.org

Partnerships by Design: Cultivating Effective and Meaningful School-Family-Community Partnerships
Debbie Ellis and Kendra Hughes
This resource helps schools and programs assess their current approaches to family and community involvement and implement more effective strategies. It provides easy-to-read information and forms, activities, and worksheets to facilitate planning and building more effective and meaningful school-family-community partnerships. This guide is a practical, realistic tool for efficient planning processes. (56 pages)
© 2002
Web Resourcehttp://www.nwrel.org/partnerships/cloak/booklet-one.pdf
School-Family-Community Partnerships Team
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
101 SW Main St., Ste. 500
Portland, OR 97204-3213
Phone: 503-275-9487
Web: http://www.nwrel.org

Tapestry of Tales: Stories of Self, Family, and Community Provide Rich Fabric for Learning (New)
Amy Stuczynski, Joyce Riha Linik, Rebecca Novick, Jean Spraker, Patti Tucci, and Debbie Ellis
This resource provides information on how teachers of students of all ages can use stories to bring students' narrative voices into the classroom, enrich teaching and learning by tapping into students' lives, engage and motivate students to write, and reinforce reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking connections and competencies. This resource contains a literature review on the importance of personal, family, and community stories and examples describing projects that classroom teachers have implemented. (314 pages)
© 2005
Print$29.05
Web Resourcehttp://www.nwrel.org/tapestry
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
101 SW Main St., Ste. 500
Portland, OR 97204-3213
Phone: 800-547-6339 or 503-275-9500
E-mail: info@nwrel.org
Web: http://www.nwrel.org


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