ERIC Number: ED466045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
An Essay on Interagency Collaboration: The View from the Principal's Office.
The principal of an elementary school in Burlington, Vermont, briefly reflects on her experiences with implementing requirements for interagency collaborations. She notes that while collaboration and shared responsibility are clearly valuable in practice, collaboration is time consuming and may or may not be effective, especially when forced by legal mandate or public expectation. An example (of petitioning the Local Interagency Team for day treatment services for a 7-year-old with severe emotional disturbances) is offered to show how such requirements may be perceived as hostile and damaging to inter-agency relationships. Positive examples of collaborative ventures with the local mental health agency and the local community health center are also reported. Seven suggestions for positive collaborations among educational, mental health, and other child-serving agencies include: (1) start small; (2) focus on making good things happen for children; (3) take a strengths-based approach; (4) be sure all players benefit from the collaboration; (5) make the meetings inclusive; (6) choose a goal worthy of transcending individual differences; and (7) share the work and share the credit. (DB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Agency Cooperation, Case Studies, Change Strategies, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Elementary Education, Principals
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference (14th, Tampa, FL, February 25-28, 2001).