ERIC Number: EJ1001750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Reference Count: 5
Partners for Learning, Not Funding
Alba, Guy D.
Principal Leadership, v13 n1 p42-47 Sep 2012
During the author's first years as a teacher, he took a part-time job to make ends meet. As an exercise instructor in a large insurance company's corporate fitness center, he worked with a wide range of employees, including the top executives. Some of those executives asked how their company could help the school. Instead of asking for a monetary donation or school supplies and equipment, he asked for what his students needed even more: a strategic partner in their learning. As a teacher of introductory business courses, he felt that those industry executives were far better qualified to help him identify what his students should know and be able to do than the musty, ancient textbooks in his classroom were. So the author asked them for a relationship in which they could share their knowledge with his students so that his curriculum was current. The business and the school made a mutual commitment that the primary mission of the partnership was to share knowledge and facilitate student learning. The educators would remain totally accountable for the results of the students' learning. This type of agreement is essential to all successful school and business partnerships.
Descriptors: School Business Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Business Education, Transformative Learning, Strategic Planning, Outcomes of Education, Educational Objectives, Insurance, Police School Relationship, Ethics, Expectation, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A