ERIC Number: ED337878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Getting Down to Business: Next Steps in School Business Partnerships. A Report on an Exploratory Conference (Washington, DC, February 24, 1988). Supporting Leaders for Tomorrow, Occasional Paper #2.
This paper, which provides a summary of an exploratory conference on school-business partnerships, relies heavily on a background paper for the conference disseminated as Occasional Paper #1. The current status of school-business partnerships is divided into the major categories of adopt-a-school programs, school improvement and support initiatives, job initiatives for disadvantaged youth, and advocacy for public education. Short descriptions and one example is given for each category. Conclusions from an analysis of 9 programs involving school-business partnerships are also provided. Among these conclusions are: that in several instances partnerships have been a catalyst for renewed interest in education and public support for at-risk youth; that partnerships provide youth with direct evidence of the link between education and making a living; and that despite benefits to individual students and entire schools, there are clear limits to what local partnerships can do. Participant views of what to do next include the observations that: limited partnerships "do good" locally but do not tackle larger problems; partnerships can evolve into significant efforts; staying power is important; and business leadership must seek substantive change in education within the present governance structure. Initial next steps are then outlined as suggested by conference participants. Information on the Institute for Educational Leadership is appended. (RR)
Descriptors: Corporate Support, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Business Relationship, School District Autonomy, School Effectiveness, School Organization, School Restructuring
Publications Department, Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc., 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Partnerships in Education
Note: For occasional paper #1, see EA 023 403; for other titles in this series, see EA 023 405 and EA 023 408-415.