ERIC Number: ED216840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May-4
Reference Count: 0
Ensuring Educational Excellence through Business and Community Cooperation.
Grimshaw, William F.
The most practical and productive response to how to deal with hard times seems to be coming from those rural schools which are renewing and energizing their partnership with business and the community. There are three keys to this cooperation: on all sides leaders specify the persons who are to work together; leaders see to it that people understand each other; and leaders make sure that teamwork is happening. Everything is put "up front." Citizens advisory boards can be a vital and productive resource when they have been trained in teamwork skills. Business and industry can provide speakers, in-service persons, instructors, and advice on management and curriculum. People from the community are eager and able to contribute and schools offer them the opportunity to demonstrate the work ethic. Networking draws an almost unlimited flow of useful operating information into the school setting. Among secrets of successful partnership for resource management are: school people should be encouraged to initiate outreach; involvement should be marked by joint planning and implementation undergirded with training in teamwork; and networks at all levels should be encouraged. Examples of school-business-community cooperation in Kalamazoo and other areas of Michigan are provided. (BRR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Michigan; Resource Management
Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Seminar: "Ensuring Excellence in Education for Rural America" (Washington, DC, May 3-5, 1982).