ERIC Number: ED261459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Salem Program Demonstrates Five Keys to a Successful Business--School Partnership.
Jensen, Mary Cihak
OSSC Bulletin, v29 n1 Sep 1985
Partnerships between schools and businesses are becoming more frequent and more reciprocal as the two find common interests; the Salem-Keizer (Oregon) Public Schools provide a nationally recognized example of such a partnership. Salem's program began in 1981 with a joint school board and Chamber of Commerce policy statement. Despite economic hardships, the program has since grown to include 44 schools. The educators' enthusiasm and their commitment to reciprocation and to thorough monitoring have encouraged businesses to volunteer for partnerships. Typically, the program coordinator acts as "broker" to pair schools with suitable firms. After agreeing on major objectives, activities, and evaluation methods, the partners proceed with frequent bilateral planning sessions and annual reviews. Salem's program emphasizes sharing human resources. Businesses respond eagerly to the schools' needs; benefits for participating firms include school facility privileges and educational activities. District policies mandate that businesses be closely involved throughout planning, but guard against ethical conflicts. Schools must ensure that partnership activities relate to basic skills or career development curriculum. This program, like other promising ventures underway in Oregon's Lincoln and Washington Counties, embodies five elements of success: long-term goals; key officials' involvement and broad-based support; mutually developed written policies; frequent planning sessions; and continuous, centralized communication and monitoring. (MCG)
Descriptors: Community Schools, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Formative Evaluation, Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, Program Design, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Shared Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon