ERIC Number: ED423603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
What It Takes To Work Together: The Promise of Educational Partnerships.
Knowledge Brief, n14 1997
Some of the essential elements of educational partnerships and what it takes for these associations to succeed are presented. The brief opens by describing the growing trend of companies working in partnership with one another to improve education by sharing expertise, leveraging limited resources, broadening markets, and tackling complex issues. The text looks at the various kinds of associations, such as limited partnerships, coalition partnerships, and collaborative partnerships, and how these strategic relationships still allow organizations to retain substantial independence. The steps to partnering are discussed, as are the reasons organizations should work together, including an enhanced ability to do more with less, to better meet shifting needs and conditions, to create new markets, and to form professional learning communities. Elements that contribute to a successful partnership include establishing a clear, shared sense of direction; adapting leadership to fit the structure; encouraging interactivity throughout the system; moving from competition toward collaboration; communicating frequently and effectively; investing time; building strategic relationships; learning while doing; and assessing progress. A chart detailing the different ways to create partnerships is provided. (RJM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.