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The U.S. Education Department has issued three new sources of information on educational partnerships.

"A Guide to Developing Educational Partnerships'' offers advice on launching a partnership, with an emphasis on communications, leadership, evaluation, and strategic planning.

"Synthesis of Existing Knowledge and Practice in the Field of Educational Partnerships'' describes different models of partnerships--ranging from short-term projects to system-wide efforts--and delineates the components present in successful collaboratives.

"Project Abstracts: Educational Partnerships Program'' briefly details the history of the federal educational-partnerships program and related legislation, followed by descriptions of 29 projects funded under the program.

Copies of "A Guide to Developing Educational Partnerships'' (stock number 065-000-00619-7) are available for $4.25 each from New Orders, Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15250-7954; fax number, (202) 512-2250.

Limited copies of the other two publications are available from Susan Gruskin, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20208-5644; fax number, (202) 219-2106.

Fifteen percent of older people who volunteer their time assist education groups, and 15 percent help youth-development organizations, says a new publication from Independent Sector, a Washington-based coalition of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and corporations.

"Senior Citizens as Volunteers'' offers an overview of volunteering patterns, ranging from where they volunteer to why they volunteer.

Nearly half of people ages 60 to 75 volunteer an average of 4.4 hours a week. And compared with younger volunteers, they tend to remain longer.

The guide also includes suggestions for how to recruit and retain older people as volunteers. The most effective way to recruit volunteers is personal contact with a current volunteer who knows them, it says.

Copies of the booklet are available for $4 each for nonmembers and $2.80 each for members from Independent Sector publications, 1828 L St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; (202) 659-2729.--MEG SOMMERFELD

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