Hawaii members consider how to avoid missteps and make great partnerships

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

On September 4, educational leaders gathered in Honolulu to share their work to improve and sustain public-private partnerships. Schools represented were:

  • Sacred Hearts
  • `Iolani
  • Punahou
  • Island Pacific
  • Hanahau`oli
  • Assets
  • HAIS
  • 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
  • Empathy
  • Flexibility
  • 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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