ERIC Number: ED392145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
"The How" of Collaboration.
Hoover, Susan; Achilles, Charles M.
Most school practitioners lack the knowledge to initiate major school-community collaboration efforts. This paper highlights two collaborative programs implemented in South Carolina secondary schools--one in mental health and one in conflict resolution. The paper presents an overview of the "how" of collaboration and suggests changes in university preparation programs to help administrators develop skills for managing collaborative efforts. Families and Neighborhood Schools (FANS) was South Carolina's first collaborative effort (1990) between schools and mental-health agencies to provide community services to students and their families. A program based on the FANS model was established in 1994 at a high school to address student needs related to school success, dropping out, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, criminal conduct, and conflict resolution. A peer-mediation program called Students Making Alternative Resolutions Together (SMART) is also described. The paper identifies issues to be explored by partners before asking for interagency help and describes participants' roles and the open-agenda collaborative process. Leadership skills for possible inclusion in administrator-preparation programs are listed. One table is included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: South Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (Williamsburg, VA, August 8-12, 1995) and at the "Creating the Quality School Conference" (Oklahoma City, OK, April 6-8, 1995).