ERIC Number: ED437258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
It Takes More Than Good Intentions To Build a Partnership: Klawock City Schools. Case Study.
Kushman, James W.
As part of a larger study of systemic educational reform in rural Alaska, this case study examined the implementation of the Alaska Onward to Excellence (AOTE) improvement process in Klawock. Klawock is a town of about 750 Tlingit and non-Native residents on Prince of Wales Island in far southeastern Alaska with a K-12 school that serves 212 students. AOTE intends to bring community involvement, a focus on student learning, and a systemic approach to educational reform in rural Alaska Native communities; however, in Klawock, AOTE was weakly implemented. An AOTE leadership team was never formed, and the process was carried out by two local facilitators and the superintendent. The superintendent was working from a strategic plan developed in the early 1990s and used AOTE to secure community endorsement for this plan rather than to elicit community voice and set a new direction. After five meetings with little community attendance, AOTE faded away midway into its second year. The AOTE process was hindered by the school's unwillingness to share decision-making power with the community, by poor communication, and by a lack of desire among parents and community to take a more active role. AOTE was also contending with a context of competing reforms. This case study demonstrates that increasing community voice is more than a mechanical process and must include the underlying dynamics of trust, communication, understanding, and accountability. This report includes results of parent involvement and student surveys, vignettes from two successful school programs, academic achievement data, an outline of the AOTE process, and the survey instruments. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on the Education of At-Risk Students (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.; Alaska Univ., Fairbanks.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska