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ERIC Number: ED363002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Partnership for Progress: Development and Implementation of a Framework for Increasing Partnerships between Business and School Districts.
Reid, Mark E.
This document describes a practicum that developed and implemented a framework for increasing partnerships among business, industry, labor, and school districts. Implemented in a large, ethnically diverse district, the practicum sought to achieve the following objectives: (1) develop a comprehensive framework for forming partnerships; (2) increase training opportunities for students; (3) increase the number of apprenticeship relationships by at least 10 percent at all grade levels; (4) increase the financial and human resources contributed by business to the district by at least $10,000; (5) develop adult literacy programs; and (6) develop career path programs at the secondary level. The author acquired governing board approval for a board policy designed to encourage business-school district partnerships; established a task force on business partnerships; developed a time line for the partnership proposal; compiled a list of businesses within the district; developed and implemented a series of staff development activities, supported the development and implementation of a series of courses designed to support local business; compiled a list of partnerships at the beginning and end of the practicum; and developed and implemented a monitoring and evaluation system. Overall, the number of partnerships increased by 115 percent, and the project met or exceeded most of its objectives. Recommendations are made to devote sufficient funds and staff time to both development and ongoing evaluation; research local issues and task force training before implementation; provide inservice programs to all levels of district staff; create long-range goals; receive continuing input from local business; provide mutual benefits; and develop partnerships in conjunction with career clusters and paths. Nine tables are included. Appendices contain meeting agendas, a description of a career plan cluster, a "Business Partnership Satisfaction Survey," and a staff development presentation. (Contains 58 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.