Continuing Challenges and Potential for Collaborative Approaches to Education Reform

Continuing Challenges and Potential for Collaborative Approaches to Education Reform

Continuing Challenges and Potential for Collaborative Approaches to Education Reform

Continuing Challenges and Potential for Collaborative Approaches to Education Reform

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In 1997, the Ford Foundation began an effort, called the Collaborating for Education Reform Initiative (CERI), to promote school improvement in communities. It funded eight sites to establish collaboratives of community-based organizations and local school districts that were to create and sustain education reforms in their local areas. As part of this effort, the foundation sponsored a formative assessment of the grantees’ progress, to be carried out by the RAND Corporation from 1999 to 2003. The assessment was documented in Challenges and Potential of a Collaborative Approach to Education Reform (Bodilly, Chun, et al., 2004).

In 2004, the foundation dropped five sites and added two new sites to the initiative. RAND continued to track the progress made toward the grantees’ goals from 2004 to 2009. This monograph documents the progress made by the grantees during that time period.

The audiences for this monograph are policymakers involved in trying to build sustained support for educational improvement and practitioners interested in using collaborative efforts among community organizations to improve public educational services.

This research was conducted by RAND Education, a unit of the RAND Corporation.

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