A Guide to Building Education Partnerships

Navigating Diverse Cultural Contexts to Turn Challenge into Promise

January 2011
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    Stylus Publishing
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    24th January 2011
  • ISBN 9781579224721
  • Language English
  • Pages 240 pp.
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January 2012
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March 2012
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    12th March 2012
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Education partnerships are central to – and often a requirement of – most education reform initiatives promoted by state and local governments, by foundations, and by business funders. Many fail for failure to understand the dynamics of their complex relationships.

This book provides insights and guidance to enable prospective and existing education partners to develop answers to the questions that are critical to success: Why engage in this partnership? How can you communicate the potential benefits of partnership to motivate teachers, faculty, administrators, and community members? How do you select the best organizational structure and procedures for a partnership? How can you maintain open, deliberative discussion while respecting different histories and cultures? How can you produce compelling evidence that the partnership is worthwhile?

Based on their observation of a five-year-long publicly funded partnership, research data, and the literature, the authors identify the principles that they consider critical to answering these questions. The authors do not minimize the differences and complexities inherent in partnership work, because they believe that doing so would be to present coherence and homogeneity where none exists. Instead, they seek to make evident how these principles underlie many different partnership situations. Thus, rather than presenting a package of best practices, or a cookie-cutter approach, this book presents the organizational principles for planning and implementing education partnerships, along with sets of strategies for working through them.

The authors present the diagnostic tools for undertaking a deliberate and research-based approach to planning, designing, and managing a partnership. By surfacing participants’ often-differing motivations, and the practices and assumptions they bring to the table, the book provides the foundation for developing a constructive relationship. In scope, the book extends beyond school-university partnerships to include schools’ collaboration with state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and the business sector.

"Useful artifacts in the book help make this a true guide to the work of partnership. There is a glossary, because shared language is an important aspect. There are schematics that communicate the complexity of new developing relationships. Bibliographic references are also helpful and could point to additional experts and resources."

- Education Review

"This book is helpful for any leader involved in designing or managing a partnership with an outside group. The book’s mini-summaries, partnership action points, core ideas and bibliographic notes in each chapter highlight useful points and provide resources for further research."

- The School Administrator

“New forms of public, private and university partnerships will serve as the foundation for improving teaching and learning in schools. This book presents the key challenges in building successful partnerships, with practical examples that show how the real work is done. It is a must read for leaders interested in building the next generation of schools.”

Richard Halverson, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis - , University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Partnerships spanning K-12 and higher education institutions represent one approach to marshalling the intellectual capacity and resources necessary for effective education reform. The authors draw from their experiences as evaluators of one large partnership and extensively from the research and applied literature on partnerships to offer detailed and practical advice on the do's and the don'ts. They have produced a very pragmatic and practical book that should be valuable to those in K-12 and higher education considering entering into new partnerships for school improvement. It will also be of interest to people who have been in such partnerships but aren't currently, helping them to figure out what they did right and wrong.”

Andy Porter, Dean, Graduate School of Education, and George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education - , University of Pennsylvania

“Meeting the need for productive and engaged citizens has become a national imperative requiring the re-design of our public k-12 and higher education systems. This redesign work requires effective partnerships among the many existing organizational cultures within these systems. Hora and Millar’s book, A Guide to Building Education Partnerships, provides a coherent framework for building these essential partnerships. They integrate findings on the successes and failures of a very complex “real world” partnership and key points from research in multiple disciplines into their foundational concepts of partnership to provide a coherent and readily accessible structure for use by practitioners across multiple educational cultures. Most importantly, this work recognizes that every partnership will be unique. Rather than a “how-to” cookbook approach, they provide practitioners a sound set of principles to help design, implement, evaluate and refine partnerships across fundamentally different organizational cultures. I believe this book is an essential tool for creating successful partnerships across multiple educational organizations.”

Art Rainwater, Clinical Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Retired Superintendent - , Madison Metropolitan School District

"I am pleased to endorse this book after using it in my course on entrepreneurship. It proved to be an invaluable resource that offered school administrators great insights into their roles in planning, developing, and implementing education partnerships, and understanding all of the dimensions of nurturing successful partnerships. I will definitely use the book in future courses as it's an excellent teaching tool, as well as an invaluable resource for educational leaders."

Merle Price, Lecturer, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Cal State Northridge and formerly Chief Academic Officer - , Los Angeles Unified School District

From the Foreword:
“The conceptual framework offered in this book was exactly what we needed. We talked about the individual psychology and cultures of each major participant (institutes of higher education, the Minnesota Department of Education, school districts, the Minnesota Board of Teaching, and the teachers’ union), as well as the educators, staff members, administrators, parents, and communities who create the settings in which our reform efforts play out. We discussed not only how we think about our work but also the places in which we do that work. We explored how we might build what the authors call the ‘3rd space of partnership,’ where people come together to invent the relationships and deploy the ideas and tools that make the most sense for them. We began to create a 3rd space in which we could work together differently and identify, manage, and reconcile ‘competing interests, perspectives, and opinions,’ all of which deserve attention and all of which may offer much-needed insights.

What makes this Guide so helpful is that it brings together all the components of research, evaluation, and practice into a practical and well-grounded guide to creating and learning in a collaborative mode.”

Judith Ramaley, President - , Winona State University

Introduction: The Challenge and Promise of Education Partnerships
The Nature of Education Partnerships
Working in a Partnership: New Tasks and Challenges
Methodology: Understanding the Underlying Mechanisms of Partnership
The Five Principles of Partnership
How To Use This Book

Part One: Getting Ready for Partnership
1 Shall We Dance? Convening a Pre-Partnership Planning Group
Convening a Pre-Partnership Planning Group
A Final Word on Pre-Partnership Planning
2 Sizing Up Organizational Aspirations and Attributes
Problems, Goals, and Objectives
Capacity and Resources
Autonomy and Interdependence
3 Understanding Cultural Dynamics
Avoiding the Common-Culture Myth
Focusing On Cultural Dynamics Within Organizations
Agenda Items for Your Pre-Partnership Meeting
4 Crossing Organizational and Cultural Boundaries
Why Boundary Crossing is Important
Characteristics of Boundary Crossing
Agenda Items for Your Pre-Partnership Planning Meeting

Part Two: Designing A Partnership
5 Types of Organizational Structures for Partnership
Three Main Partnership Structures
Selecting a Partnership Type
6 Administration and Leadership
Selecting Leaders
Other Administrative Functions
7 Effective communication systems
Working With Existing Systems
Creating a Progressive Partnership Communication System

Part Three Implementing Partnerships
8 Designing the work
Understand the Task Environment
Select Leverage Points
Build Bridges to All Levels of the Local Partner Organization
9 Developing and Managing Working Groups
Guidelines for All Working Groups
Additional Guidelines for Collaborative Working Groups
10 The Key Roles of Trust and Managing Conflict
Dynamics of Trust in Partnerships
Strategies for Developing Trust
Managing Conflict in Education Partnerships


Appendix A: Methodology




Matthew T. Hora

Matthew T. Hora is an Associate Researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is currently conducting research on the psychological, cultural and organizational factors influencing teaching in Institutions of Higher Education. Matthew received his Masters in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park after several years experience in organic agriculture and food systems research. He has spent the past seven years working in program evaluation, specializing in assessing the effects of pedagogical reforms in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields at the tertiary level.

Susan B. Millar

Susan B. Millar , an anthropologist by training, is director of the education research challenge area of the Morgridge Institute for Research, and a senior scientist in the UW–Madison Wisconsin Center of Education Research. In her work with the Morgridge Institute for Research, she leads a team that is developing online interactive computer games and other learning resources designed to help youth and adults learn core science and engineering concepts in the biomedical disciplines.

Education Partnerships; Five Principles of Partnership; Pre-Partnership Planning; Cultural Dynamics; Partnership Structures; Partnership Communication System; local partner organization; dynamics of trust; partnership action points; organizational culture; education reform