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ERIC Number: EJ934719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 0
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Partnership Now: A Paradigm Shift in Education
Drinkwater, David; Smethurst, Jacqueline
Independent School, v70 n3 Spr 2011
Independent schools have significantly increased their public purpose commitments over the past decade. Their initiatives carry them beyond community service to broader school engagement with their communities. Articles in this magazine by Al Adams and others, the creation of school organizations that serve the broader community, and the growth of educational access programs have sharpened awareness to the point where service has emerged as an essential educational strategy. The 2011 National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference focuses on the "monumental opportunities" of public engagement. Private Schools with a Public Purpose (PSPP), a coalition of schools that first gathered on the West Coast four years ago, has drawn representatives from an increasing number of schools. Participants in the coalition are now urging the group to formalize and expand its efforts. Schools with access and enrichment programs--such as Breakthrough Collaborative, Horizons, Steppingstone, Odyssey, and Harlem Educational Activities Fund--have found common ground in the newly created National Partnership for Educational Access, and new programs for underserved students are proliferating across the nation. Why are so many independent schools now engaging in partnerships with public schools? In this article, the authors discuss some factors that stand out: (1) A growing national concern about the quality and inequities of public education; (2) Multiple responses to the challenges of creating quality public education programs; (3) A paradigm shift in education toward greater community engagement--locally, nationally, and globally; and (4) New school leadership and emerging models of education that have led to partnerships as an important school strategy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States