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Partnerships: Building on Our Strengths & Seizing the Opportunities. Ron Fielder AESD Annual Conference April 2-13 --- Olympia/Tumwater, Wash. Greetings & Observations. Some History Deep Respect & Appreciation Excitement & Optimism

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partnerships building on our strengths seizing the opportunities

Partnerships: Building on Our Strengths & Seizing the Opportunities

Ron Fielder

AESD Annual Conference

April 2-13 --- Olympia/Tumwater, Wash

greetings observations
Greetings & Observations
  • Some History
  • Deep Respect & Appreciation
  • Excitement & Optimism

“ESDs as national leaders in next generation models of service, innovation, & collaboration”

overview
Overview
  • The Context
  • Emerging Trends
  • Examples from the Field
  • ESA Leadership Expectations
  • Value of Partnerships
  • The Who & What of Partnerships
  • ESAs & Partnerships: A “core competence”
the context
The Context
  • Why Context is Important?
  • Demographics, Demographics, Demographics!!
  • Workforce Crisis -- Talent!
  • Declining Public Dollars
  • 4 Generations in Workforce
  • Proliferation of 20th Century Solutions
  • Blaming People
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The Cost of Education—K12 & Higher Education

  • Partisanship: right/wrong, black/white, either/or
  • Success = Complacency
  • Disruptive Technologies…..now in education!
  • Anti-government, anti-union……..
  • In Schools: Time was the Constant – Achievement the Variable.
  • International competition
the coming jobs war jim clifton gallup
The Coming Jobs WarJim Clifton – Gallup

The Ten Findings/Demands

  • Job Creation – The New Currency of All World Leaders. “The number one social value in the world is my job.”
  • Job Creation Can Only Be Accomplished in Cities – “….it is as local as politics.”
  • Three Key Energy Sources of Job Creation: 1) Top 100 cities, 2) Top 100 Universities, 3) 10,000 local tribal leaders.
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Entrepreneurship is Far More Important Than Innovation – “It is better to invest in entrepreneurial people than in great ideas.”

  • America Cannot Outrun Its Healthcare Costs – “Every leader must put physical fitness at the core of everything they do or surrender!”
  • Education: Whole Cities Need To Declare War On Their Drop-out Rates – “The fate of our Nation depends on it.” (student spirit & hope)
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We Must Double Our Number of Engaged Employees.

  • Customer insight/centricity is critical.
  • Every Economy Rides on the Back of Small to Medium Sized Businesses.
  • Triple Our Exports in the Next Five Years – 20X In The Next 30 Years!

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trends
Trends
  • Focus on Efficiency
  • Focus on Innovation – now everywhere, even poorest slums
  • Focus on “design”
    • TED
    • Clinton Global Initiative
    • Design Methodology
    • “Design has become the engine of innovation, giving mere ideas, shape & substance……turning ideas into solutions
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Systems Thinking / Interactive Design

Ackoff / Gharadjedaghi

Eastern Iowa Corridor

  • Knowledge: Access & Tools
  • Content: Free & High Quality…….no longer the sole property of the teacher & professor! 24/7 for all! (ITunesU, Coursera, Khan Academy, TEDed, etc.)
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Achievement is the Constant – Time is the Variable

  • Focus on Competency – Standards Based – Personalized Learning
  • Focus on Certification & Endorsement Not Seat Time
  • More College Credit in High School
  • Parents Want Choice & Individualization for Children
  • Changing Roles for Educators
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KnowledgeWorks – New Roles

Personal Education Advisor

Learning Fitness Instructor

Edu-vator

Assessment Designer

Learning Journey Mentor

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Higher Education under Fire……

  • “Flipping” or “Flipped Classrooms”
  • Regional Action/Innovation Networks
  • Renewed Focus on Shared Services
  • School Building focus on: RTI, PLCs, Direct Instruction, Authentic Intellectual Work……
  • Increasing/Expanding Partnerships & Collaboration
partnerships the role of the esd
Partnerships: The Role of the ESD
  • Catalyst
  • Convener
  • Facilitator
  • Designer
  • Participant
  • Evaluator
partnerships with
Partnerships with…….
  • Local Schools/Districts
  • Local For-Profit and Not-for-Profits
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Other ESDs/ESAs
  • State Department of Education
  • State Associations
  • Regional/National Vendors
types of partnerships
Types of Partnerships
  • Person to Person
  • Organization to Organization/s
  • Public/Private
  • Various Types of Public Organizations, i.e. schools, city/county government, libraries, child care organizations, etc.
who partners
Who Partners?
  • Individuals: employees, community members, local school officials, elected officials, business & non-profit officials.
  • Teams/work groups/disciplines
  • Boards
  • Organizations
la piana partnership matrix
La Piana Partnership Matrix

From Greater Autonomy to Greater Integration

Collaboration

  • Decision making remains w/indiv. Orgs
  • No permanent organizational commitment

Strategic Alliance

  • Involves a commitment for the future
  • Shared decision making
  • Agreement driven
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Corporate Integration

  • Involves changes to corporate control and/or structure, including creation and/or dissolution of one or more organizations.
    • Joint Venture Corporation
    • Merger / Acquisition
    • Management Services Organization
    • Parent/Subsidiary Organization
susan caldicott thomas edison
Susan Caldicott /Thomas Edison

Competencies of Innovation

Mastermind Collaboration

  • Recruit for Chemistry & Results
  • Design Multi-disciplinary Collaboration Teams
  • Inspire An Environment of Open Exchange
  • Reward Collaboration
  • Become a Master Networker
keys to partnerships
Keys to Partnerships
  • Be Someone Others Want To Partner With
  • See What Others Want and Need Out of the Partnership
  • Study the Emerging Literature About Partnerships…..i.e. La Piana & others………..there are techniques & processes from which to learn.
  • Establish Prior Mutual Expectation
  • Frequently Review the Partnership Parameters
  • Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Partnership
some examples
Some Examples
  • CESA 1
  • GWAEA
    • Eastern Iowa Compact “Education For the Innovation Age” – handouts
    • Vollmer – Great Conversations Training
    • New Public Library – Early Childhood
    • STEM / Science Kits / Co-location
    • Pearson Power School
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In Washington……..

  • ESD 105 – Instruction Rounds Project w/ Harvard & Richard Elmore
  • Puget Sound ESD – Project to Lower the Achievement Gap – a committed partnership with some districts
  • ESD 112: website & STEM Partnership
  • ESD 113: Personnel Cooperative
closing thoughts
Closing Thoughts…….
  • “Legacy” Through Partnerships
  • Ackoff: Work, Play, & Learning
  • Life Is Too Short to Drink Cheap Wine!
    • Or too short to……………..
      • “waste a single moment”
      • “not to savor the beauty around us”
      • “for loneliness”

Thank You

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Ron Fielder

Clinical Professor

Education Policy & Leadership Studies

College of Education

University of Iowa

ronald-fielder@uiowa.edu 319-350-4765