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ERIC Number: ED229300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-May-20
Reference Count: N/A
Coalition Building: Drawing Universal Truths from Biased History.
Brown, Jeffrey L.
Educators in New Jersey who had joined forces as the New Jersey Consortium for Global Education in order to submit a joint Title-IV C global education proposal with the New Jersey Department of Education experienced two major conflicts when their project was funded. The first conflict involved a difference of perception on the nature and role of the Consortium in the project: Would the Consortium serve in an advisory or in a policy making way? After a great deal of time and energy spent in many meetings, the final resolution involved the Department of Education's withdrawal as the fiscal agent and ultimately from the project itself. The second major conflict, as of yet unsolved, involved expectations of how the Consortium might best evolve beyond the life of the funded project. Lessons learned from the coalition building experience include the following: (1) coalition landscape is a minefield; (2) have fun--all work and no play makes for a dull, small coalition; (3) polish your interpersonal skills; and (4) use the complementary strengths of the various organizations in the consortium. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Global Learning, Inc., Montclair, NJ.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey