Articles tagged with partnerships

Emerging trends in education becoming more entrenched

freeimages.co.uk workplace imagesIn less than a week, the September edition of ASBJ will appear online, bringing with it a dynamic cover package on the phenomenon, promise and peril of the school turnaround from my esteemed colleagues, Del Stover and Larry Hardy. While equally intriguing, my assignment was a little more nebulous: look into the future and forecast  the issues that will become increasingly critical and impactful for educators, districts and schools.

You’ll have to wait until next week to get the full scoop (though if you’re a print subscriber, you’ve already read, re-read, and highlighted sections of our latest installment). But I can’t resist gleefully showcasing how accurate one of my predictions was.

Ok, ok. I admit, I’m not some super seer, with visions of the future, so please don’t call me to ask whether your upcoming bond referendum will pass. I am, however, a keen observer. And after following months and months of news articles and speaking to various individuals, I determined … our economy isn’t doing so well. Ok, bad joke but the recession-out-of-recession-back-into-recession economy is and will continue to be a predictor of future decisions.

Take for example, the burgeoning practice of partnerships and consolidation. In my article I listed several examples of districts and states joining forces to get better deals, more efficiency, and more leverage. Yet even I hadn’t imagined all the ways and manner in which educators can come together to get a big job done on a restricted budget.
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Naomi Dillon|August 18th, 2010|Categories: American School Board Journal, Budgeting, Governance, School Buildings|Tags: , , , , |

Troubled, state-run district finally has new schools chief

It’s been two years since I visited Oakland, Calif.  At the time its school system was being run by the state, which had stripped the board of its powers and appointed a state administrator after the district sunk a reported $80 million in the red— the largest debt of any California school system in history.

But it’s not why I went there.

Anecdotally, I’d heard many people assert that improving America’s schools has to happen in tandem with improving America’s neighborhoods. For better or for worse, the environment that exists in the community can not help but be reflected in its schools. And if schools are such an integral part of the community, how successful can a community be if the schools aren’t doing well?

It makes sense to me. But few studies actually address this correlation and even fewer programs and partnerships build upon it.

Oakland was a perfect place to do some original research on the iss0807coverue. Both the city and the school district had made history, in positive and negative ways, and were eager to shed the poor public image that has plagued them for decades.  

In 2007, when I visited, there was hope that things were finally going  to turn around for Oakland, with the election of Mayor Ron Dellums, a veteran congressman known for his progressive ideas and collaborative manner.  
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Naomi Dillon|June 15th, 2009|Categories: American School Board Journal, Student Achievement|Tags: , , , |
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