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Connections – Spring 2004: Communities, the Public, and the Public Schools

Connections is a yearly (previously biannual) periodical published by the Kettering Foundation featuring articles devoted to a theme. Each issue of the foundation’s annual newsletter focuses on a particular area of Kettering’s research and contains articles, feature stories, and book reviews relevant to the foundation’s work. Editing responsibilities for Connections rotate among Kettering program staff.

The Spring 2004 edition shares research related to the “relationship between the public and the public schools“. Below is an excerpt from the introduction…

Usually I write an overview that summarizes the options the foundation is considering for future research. The subject of this Connections is Kettering’s study of the relationship between the public and the public schools. The findings from past research, which were reported in Is There a Public for Public Schools? are clear enough: too many people have decided the schools aren’t theirs. Now we are investigating what can be done to counter this perception. In this article, I’ll present a new hypothesis that has grown out of recent research. We need to investigate a public-centered, public-building type of public engagement. The foundation welcomes educational organizations and associations as well as civic groups that have a self-interest in experimenting with this form of engagement.

– David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation

…along with the contents of the newsletter…

Contents of the Spring 2004 Edition

Overview
David Mathews

The Relationship of Citizens to Their Schools — Emerging KF Research
Connie Gahagan

From Partners to Owners
Michael Briand

Accountability, National Standards, and the Public
Phillip D. Lurie

Where the Public Stands on Standards- based Education
Bryan Goodwin

Public Schools and the Practices of Engaged Communities
Randall Nielsen

The Effects of How an Issue Is Framed: The Example of Accountability
Kris Kurtenbach

Organizations Attempting New Ways of Working with the Public
Maxine Thomas

The Holmes Partnership
Robert Yinger and Amanda Nolen

Books Worth Reading

This edition of the newsletter is currently available as a free download from the Kettering Foundation website.

Resource Link: http://kettering.org/wp-content/uploads/Connections_Spring_2004.pdf

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