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ERIC Number: ED099391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Pages: 11
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Three Years of Collaboration in the Development of Portal Schools.
Pankratz, Roger; Williams, John
In 1971 six rural, eastern Kansas School Districts collaborated with Kansas State Teachers College in the development of portal schools. Four-year goals and first-year objectives were established and a steering committee comprised of representatives of each significant role group was organized to transact business associated with the development of portal schools. After a year and a half, it became apparent that the attempt at collaborative decision making was unsuccessful. Therefore, a new model was developed based on the assumptions that; (a) the controllers of resources must be willing to share their power by responding to inputs from role groups, (b) the purpose and limits of the consortium must be clearly defined and agreed to by all parties, (c) a process for input and shared decision making must be clearly defined, (d) commitment to the endeavor by member institutions is directly related to the amount of its resources invested, and (e) two decision-making bodies, one consisting of resource controllers and the other consisting of role group representatives, must be organized. The implementation of this model involved the formation of a Council of Administrators (resource controllers) and Master Steering Committee (role group representatives), development of an agreement document, specification of the decision-making process, and an increase in the amount of resources invested by each institution. Significant and encouraging developments have resulted from implementation of the new model. (HMD)
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas