Report: Partnership & Selection Group Working Together to Prepare Illinois School Leaders August 6, 2008 Small-group discussion
Participants • St. Xavier: Sheila Wright & Beverly Gulley • Dominican: Jim Harrington • Benedictine: LaineTadlock • Western Illinois: Bonnie Smith-Scripps • Eastern Illinois: John Dively • Bradley: Jenny Tripses • IERC: Kathleen Brown
Brainstorming Activity • Five years out, what would your program look like? • Ideal: PDS where everyone focuses on students • New kinds of collaborations using technology • P20 Collaborations that effectively manages mandates that serve students • More cohorts • Program integrity: regardless of size. • Mission-driven
Positive Changes from Recommendations • Partnerships with districts for strategic recruitment • We need to communicate standards for admissions. • Articulate the P20 connections. • Increased sense of professionalism in our field. • Outcome of collaboration is to create greater clarity and integrity in our roles.
Challenges & Barriers • Time & Resources to promote collaboration • Institutional and Professional Commitment • Costs of partnerships for higher education • Tenure process does not support now. • The current certification test does not inform programs for improvement.
Partnerships • What’s out there? What is effective? • Examples: partnering for search committees, joint faculty appointments, etc. • Mentoring relationships • Co-teaching • Advisory Boards (basic) • ROE’s have resources & they collaborate on professional development.
Candidate Selection Process • Tensions and ethical issues in either allowing districts to select candidates or allowing University to select candidates who do not get positions. • Reproduction of the status quo. • Joint process or agreed-upon criteria • Best selection = motivation on part of student (market-based)
Supports Needed for Success • Models of successful collaborations • Time to devote to this work • Leverage to change university culture • Leverage to change P12 culture
Takeaway • Have we correctly identified and defined the “problem”? • This will dictate the solutions we develop! • Baseline data needed • Methodological limitations of “snapshot” standardized tests as measure of outcomes