Training Guides for the Head Start Learning Community:
ResourcesBooks and Journals
- Bruner, Charles. Thinking Collaboratively: Ten Questions and Answers to Help Policy-Makers Improve Children's Services. Washington, D.C.: Education and Human Services Consortium, 1991.
This is a policy-maker's guide to designing effective collaborations at state and local levels. It describes the basics of collaboration-what it is and how to know when it is working-and strategies for state policy-makers to use. The Education and Human Service Consortium can be contacted c/o of Institute for Educational Leadership, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 310, Washington, D.C. 20036-5541. Telephone: (202) 822-8405. Fax: (202) 872-4050.
- Gardner, John. Building Community. Washington, D.C.: Independent Sector, 1991.
This book examines the reasons for the current breakdown of community cohesiveness, a breakdown that it characterizes as losses in security, sense of identity, and belonging to a framework of shared assumptions and values. The author reveals both the causes and the consequences of community failure and then shows how a process of regeneration may cause a community to survive or reappear in an altered form. The book can be ordered by calling Independent Sector at 301-490-3229.
- Himmelman, Arthur T. Communities Working Collaboratively for a Change. Minneapolis: The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 1991.
The monograph presents two approaches to collaboration-betterment and empowerment-the key components and activities of each, as well as how to move from betterment to empowerment. For a free copy, call the Himmelman Consulting Group at (612) 824-5507.
- Hodgkinson, Harold. Beyond the Schools: How Schools & Communities Must Collaborate to Solve the Problems Facing America's Youth. Arlington, Va.: American Association of School Administrators, 1991.
This 28-page booklet presents strategies for developing school/community collaboration . The first section reviews the conditions that place students at risk and presents arguments for the importance of education in avoiding poverty. The second section highlights ten holistic strategies for educational improvement developed by the American Association of School Administrators and the National School Boards Association. Copies are available from the American Association of School Administrators at 1801 North Moore St., Arlington, Virginia 22209.
- Kagan, S.L. United We Stand: Collaboration for Child Care and Early Education. New York: Teachers College Press, 1991.
This publication provides an overview of collaboration, including its social context, rationale, and benefits, and an understanding of the collaborative process in the context of early childhood care and education. Copies can be ordered from the Teachers College Press at P.O. Box 20, Williston, Vermont 05495. Telephone: (800) 575-6566. Fax: (802) 864-7626.
- Levy, Janet, Sharon L. Kagan, and Carol Copple. Are We Ready?: Collaboration to Support Young Children and Their Families. Washington, D.C.: Joining Forces, 1992.
This paper discusses the importance of collaboration across social service and educational sectors as a way of achieving a coherent and integrated system that will insure that children receive a high-quality education while maximizing the use of federal, state, and local resources. To order a free copy contact the Council of Chief State School Officers at 1 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C., 20002-1431.
- McKnight, John L. and John Kretzman. Building Communities from the Inside Out. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University, Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research, Neighborhood Innovations Network, 1993.
The guide to what the authors call "asset-based community development" summarizes lessons learned across the United States. It outlines in simple, "neighborhood-friendly" terms what local communities can do to start their own journey down the path of asset-based development. This guide can be ordered by calling the Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research at (798) 491-3518 or (800) 397-2282.
- Melaville, Atelia I., and Martin J. Blank. What It Takes: Structuring Interagency Partnerships to Connect Children and Families With Comprehensive Services. Washington, D.C.: Education and Human Services Consortium, 1991.
This study looks at what is needed in inter-agency partnerships and the state's role in local initiatives, as well as the dynamics of working together, guidelines for new partners, and questions to mobilize action. Thirteen program descriptions, a list of resource organizations, and a 56-item bibliography are appended. For more information contact the Education and Human Services Consortium c/o Insitute for Educational Leadership, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 310, Washington, D.C. 20036-5541. Telephone: (202) 822-8405. Fax: (202) 872-4050.
- Melaville, Atelia I. and Martin Blank with Gelareh Asayesh. Together We Can: A Guide for Crafting a Profamily System of Education and Human Services. U.S. Dept. of Education and U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 1993.
This book presents a vision of improved coordination of education, health, and human services for families and provides a five-stage process for achieving that vision in communities. Copies can be obtained by writing the U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop SSOP, Washington, D.C. 20402-9328.
- Preparing Collaborative Leaders--A Facilitator's Guide. Washington, D.C.: The Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc., 1994.
This addresses the challenges facing every collaborative project and each collaborative leader, and offers a road map for each step of the way. Fifteen modules give you the "what" and "how" of designing and implementing a comprehensive leadership development program. The Institute for Educational Leadership can be contacted at (202) 822-8405 or fax: (202) 872-4050.
- Winer, Michael and Karen Ray. Collaboration Handbook-Creating, Sustaining, and Enjoying the Journey. St Paul, Minn.: Amherst H. Wlder Foundation, 1994.
This handbook describes how to overcome the obstacles to successful collaborations. It asks the question of when collaboration is appropriate and then instructs how to manage the four stages of collaboration through the use of worksheets and collaboration examples. Copies can be ordered by calling (800) 274-6024.
- Samuels, Bryan, Nilofer Ahsan, and Jill Garcia. Know Your Community: A Step-by-Step Guide to Community Needs and Resources Assessment. Family Resource Coalition, 1995.
Based on the Family Resource Council's experience assisting local programs, planners, and community residents, this manual describes how to get information about your community, including hidden resources. It includes sample surveys, data-collection worksheets, progress charts, and a companion diskette. For ordering information, contact the Family Resource Coalition, 200 South Michigan Ave., 16th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60604. Telephone: (312) 341-0900, fax: (312) 341-9361.
- Child and Family Policy Center. 100 Court Avenue, Suite 312, Des Moines, Iowa 50309.
The Child and Family Policy Center is a state-based, policy-research implementation organization. The Center's mission is to link research with public policy on issues vital to children and families, thus strengthening families and providing full development opportunities for children. The Center's telephone number is (515) 280-9027.
- Family Resource Coalition. 200 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1520, Chicago, Illinois 60604.
The Family Resource Coalition is a national organization whose immediate goal is to improve the content and expand the number of programs available to parents for strengthening families. The Coalition serves programs, parents, researchers, and policy-makers by providing information and technical assistance related to prevention program models, strategies, and research. You can reach the coalition by telephone at (312) 341-0900 or fax (312) 341-9361.
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Great Lakes Resource Access Project. Collaboration: Because It's Good for Children and Families. Portage, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Great Lakes Resource Access Project, 1994.
This resource manual and accompanying videotape provides guidance to local agencies in developing collaborative programs that serve children with disabilities. It also answers some of the questions about collaboration and cooperation between Head Start and local school districts. Examples are drawn from collaborative programs in Wisconsin. Copies can be ordered from the Cooperative Educational Service Agency 5 at 626 E. Slifer St., Portage, Wisconsin 53901. Telephone: (608) 742-8811 or fax (608) 742-2384.
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