Policymakers Build Bridges: Insights on education policy, practice, and research, Number 13
Policymakers Build Bridges, an issue brief in the Insights on Education Policy, Practice, and Research series, reports what happened when policymakers interacted with the public in a public engagement program SEDL helped implement in 1998, "Calling the Roll: Study Circles for Better Schools." It is the last in a series of Insights on SEDL's investigation of the potential use of study circles to engage the public and state-level decision makers in discussions about education. The first Insights of the series, published in October 1999, introduced the concept of "deliberative community dialogue," a form of public engagement of which study circles are a part. That edition suggested how this method might benefit policymakers, educators, and the general public as they seek to improve public education. In December 1999, Insights followed that discussion with the results of interviews with selected state legislators in Florida, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania about the potential of deliberative dialogue as a way to gather information from the public for setting education policy. This Insights goes one step further. It examines the results of SEDL's research on the implementation of the "Calling the Roll" program and discusses what policymakers who participated in study circles in Arkansas and Oklahoma had to say about this method of connecting with their constituents.
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