ERIC Number: ED406749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
The Interorganizational Relationship between a Community-Based Program and a Public School.
Ovando, Martha N.; Connelly, O. Lawrence
Recently, school-community relationships have gained popularity as a way to increase resources for schools. This paper presents results of a case study that examined the interorganizational relationship between a public school and a community-based program. Specifically, the study explored the elements involved in the implementation and operational phases of Believe in Me, a community-based program in a public school. The school, Rogers Elementary, is located in a large urban school district in central Texas. The program uses dance as a tool for leadership and character development. Data were derived from interviews with key stakeholders from both organizations, observation, and content analysis of documents. Key to a successful interorganizational relationship (IOR) is a focus on common goals and, more specifically, goals that address the needs of constituents. Other program strengths included the development and recognition of mutual goals and authority. The paper also describes the changes that must occur in stakeholder roles (principals, teachers, and parents) for program success. Steps in the process include the following: determine interest; conduct schoolwide orientations; specify roles and responsibilities; develop linking agents; and find the right people for the job. Three tables are included. (Contains 42 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (10th, Louisville, KY, October 25-27, 1996).