Charter schools have many exciting opportunities for cross-regional collaboration with neighboring charter schools, community-based organizations, and other business and educational partners. The pursuit of effective partnerships can strongly enhance the level of service provided to all children, particularly at-risk students.
Project Goal: Assessment and Identification
Surveys and interviews were conducted at participating schools and other sites in the MetroConnect Network to determine which collaborative methods rose to the "best practice" level. Results of these findings were then discussed by school principals and educational leaders to develop both a conference presentation and a follow-up PowerPoint presentation for MAPSA regional conferences. The team has also been working on a bulletin board exchange site and a comprehensive Internet site for easy exchange of informatioan between educators and the broader community. The team would like to convert the survey and data collection processes to a fully-automated Internet-based process where data analysis and results are automatically available to both inside participants and website visitors.
Project Goal: Materials Development
The team has developed the major conference workshop, question sets by participants and follow-up PowerPoint presentation. The resource/technical manual is still under construction. The team plans to create the manual in such a way that it can be easily accessible over the Internet and able to be updated and/or revised over time.
Project Goal: Dissemination
All objectives were met through participation in the MAPSA annual conference held in November 2003 and subsequent Regional conferences held in February and March 2004. During the continuation grant, the team would alter the "recruitment" processes for regional seminars in the following ways:
Strengths and positive outcomes
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