ERIC Number: ED377571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Public-Private Partnership, Year Two: South Pointe Elementary School.
Peeler, Thomas H.
South Pointe Elementary School in Miami, Florida, was the first public-private educational partnership in the United States. It opened in September 1991 as a collaboration between Education Alternatives (EAI), Inc., a private for-profit educational company, and Dade County Public Schools. The 5-year contract stipulated that the school would implement EAI's Tesseract Way educational program and that EAI would provide instructional support, including ongoing teacher training, curricula, and classroom equipment and supplies. This document reports on outcomes of the following three reforms: (1) the degree to which the Tesseract Way program incorporated a shared school vision; (2) the success of the school's collaborative relationships; and (3) the impact of parent-education programs, outreach programs, and the empowerment of parents in school decision-making processes. Data, collected during the 1992-93 school year, were obtained through interviews with teachers and a parent-satisfaction survey. Findings indicate that there was a high degree of agreement between the operation of South Pointe Elementary and the Tesseract Way philosophy; the professional staff believed that children greatly benefitted from the program; and the Tesseract Way principles were becoming institutionalized into the daily work culture of the schools' outreach programs. The counselors and the principal effectively provided parents with information they needed to receive social and health-related services; however, more work needed to be done to increase attendance at parent workshops. The appendix contains the parent survey and information on SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE) resources. (LMI)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Educational Cooperation, Educational Innovation, Elementary Education, Institutional Mission, Integrated Services, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, Private Schools, Public Schools, Shared Resources and Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Greensboro. School of Education.; SERVE: SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education.