Hawaii members consider how to avoid missteps and make great partnerships
On September 4, educational leaders gathered in Honolulu to share their work to improve and sustain public-private partnerships. Schools represented were:
- Sacred Hearts
- Island Pacific
- Waipahu High School
- Mid-Pacific Institute
- Kamehameha Schools
The group tackled some important questions and came away with these shared insights.
What have you found to be the steps needed for creating a “good partnership”?
- Trust and respect
- Regular, open communication
- High levels of engagement and investment from administration
- Focus on needs, not just goals
And how do you define a “good partnership”?
- A horizontal, mutually beneficial relationship that fills an authentic need related to students and/or teachers. Creates a synergy that magnifies the abilities of all involved.
Looking back, what worked well for the partners?
- Avoid the “savior” syndrome
- Establish norms – how we communicate & respect each other
- Flexibility as you experiment different approaches
- Establish timeline and metrics to make evaluation possible
- Don’t hesitate to ask for help – reach out to hear other viewpoints
- Consistent communication
- Investment from all partners
- Shared responsibility amongst all partners
What would you do differently?
- More shared planning
What recommendations would you make to move a good partnership to a great partnership?
- Put concepts above into practice
- Align resources
- Think long term
- Articulate manageable goals
- Consider research-based approaches
- Building community and good will along the way.
- Involving all partners in every step
- Modesty & respect
- Replicable vs. Replicable & scalable
- Sustainable – building capacity
- Ongoing evaluation of the partnership
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