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ERIC Number: EJ771712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1531-3174
A New Approach to Business Partnerships
Ghysels, Maurice; Thibodeaux, Kathy
Leadership, v36 n2 p18-21 Nov-Dec 2006
Beyond the need for many school districts to pull out of the death spiral of declining enrollment, educational leaders throughout California must foster a culture of change and accelerate creative self-renewal to provide students with an education for the world ahead. Businesses demand and expect much more from public education as the global economy has become increasingly competitive. They want public education to provide them with highly qualified employees, and they want to feel confident that their local schools can offer their employees' children a world-class education. The heat is on public education to find ways to reinvent schools so they can deliver academic excellence and meet the needs of the global economy while also providing an inclusive education for all students regardless of income, religion, race, or ability. This article discusses the need for business and education to work together on a level that goes far beyond traditional partnerships. It describes a deeper and more sustainable interdependent relationship between public schools and businesses, and suggests four steps that should be included in any partnership model: (1) building strong relationships with companies; (2) researching and aligning with a company's business plan; (3) developing education solutions for all students; and (4) implementing and managing change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California