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ERIE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL BOARDS Project on Regional Collaboration and Shared Services Collaboration/regionalism Collaboration is NOT Consolidation Collaboration is NOT new Collaboration is CREATIVE and CHALLENGING Erie County is a region already Why Bother?

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erie county association of school boards
ERIE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL BOARDS

Project on Regional Collaboration and Shared Services

School of Industrial and Labor Relations

collaboration regionalism
Collaboration/regionalism
  • Collaboration is NOT Consolidation
  • Collaboration is NOT new
  • Collaboration is CREATIVE and CHALLENGING
  • Erie County is a region already

School of Industrial and Labor Relations

why bother
Why Bother?
  • Respond to changing demographics and economic challenges
  • Improve educational opportunities for all students in the region
  • Good schools build strong communities, build the tax base, provide a strong workforce

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collaboration exists piecemeal
Collaboration Exists, Piecemeal

What is needed to bring it together?

Information: knowledge about what exists

Leadership: willingness to experiment, to

push thinking beyond district borders

Dialogue: Boards, sup’ts, teachers…

Existing institutions can take leadership, but how?

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the research process
The Research Process

Multiple sources of data

Qualitative:

ECASB forums

Surveys

Interviews

Focus interviews

Stakeholder meetings

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The Research Process

Multiple sources of Data:

Quantitative

BEDS

School Report Card

Census

Local district data (data audit)

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The Research Process

Best Practices

For example, Annenberg Challenge

For example, Coalition of Essential Schools

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The Hourglass

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opportunities for collaboration
Opportunities for Collaboration

Shared access to AP courses

Research: students perform to rigorous expectations

Shared expertise across districts for particular specialties

eg. Academic Intervention, Languages, the Arts

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Opportunities for Collaboration

Leadership development

  • Both Annenberg and Coalition for Essential Schools: leadership is key
  • Collaborate to partner with higher education to support leader development

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Opportunities for Collaboration

Be proactive for productive union-management relationships

-start where there is the most promise, for example in joint lobbying

Partner with schools not in your district

-make learning across districts explicit and deliberate

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Opportunities for Collaboration

Engage social service and voluntary sector agencies to improve “assets” for students

-Grade point averages are higher for students with greater support both in family and school,…irregardless of socio-economic status.

-Correlates of Effective Schools—Safe school environment; parental support

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Opportunities for Collaboration

Transportation

-Agree on schedules across districts and with private schools….

-Savings if buses drove when public school is open

26.00/hr for driver wage and benefits $15.00/hr for attendant wage and benefits $1.25 per mile

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Opportunities for Collaboration

Invest jointly ($ and/or human resources) in a common infrastructure to, for example:

-pursue grants

-enlist business engagement with schools

-get the message out

-bring parents into the schools

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the annenberg challenge findings
The Annenberg Challenge findings

“Local context and design are crucial to a reform effort’s success.”

“To improve, schools need an ‘intermediary’ that offers vision, focus, support, and pressure in equal amounts.

School of Industrial and Labor Relations

your assignment
Your Assignment

In small groups,

choose ONE opportunity

Questions: What would you have to do to make this happen? What could you do to support your administration in pursuing this opportunity? and

How can we create and sustain the will to accomplish this?

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what can you do
WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Complete the website survey

Attend public dialogues

Update the collaborations list

Support your district personnel in responding to the data audit

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