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Education Policy Fellowship Program

The Impact of Networking, Partnering & Collaboration

February 11, 2002
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This session will examine the continuum of possible positive relationships connecting individuals and organizations. These range from networking to partnerships to the highest order of interaction, collaboration. The heaviest focus will be on collaboration, given its significance for organizational survival and prosperity in the 21st century.

The Impact of Networking, Partnering & Collaboration
Learning Team Members
Elizabeth Bethard, Greg Lantzy, Diane Lincoln, Leo McIntyre, Shannon Pavwoski, John Weiss

Program Components

  • Presentation covering definitions and key components
  • Examination of important theories and concepts related to Collaboration
    • Six Factors of Collaboration (Mattessich & Monsey)
    • The Pain and the Gain (Eagan & Tanzer)
    • The Collaboration Challenge (Austin)
  • Panel Discussion that involves practitioners from a variety of settings with extensive experience in the area of collaboration.
  • Small group experiential exercises related to the topic.
    • The first will provide a common experience from which to explore the concepts of networking, partnerships and collaboration.
    • The 2nd will use a case study, The Younger Americans Act, to apply the principles of collaboration to a simulated community situation.

Panel Members

Sandy Little - Director of the Head Start State Collaborative Program, 1996-present.Ms. Little has been employed by the Family Independence Agency for over 30 years, serving in a number of capacities in the field.  She was a Public Assistance Policy Analyst for 9 years, and received the "1989 Department Specialist of the Year Award".

Bob Thelen - Director of the Michigan Occupational Information System for the Ingham Intermediate School District.  Bob has been involved in educational leadership for over 30 years.  During the last 10 years he has been heavily involved in economic and career development partnerships, both regionally and state wide. He was an EPFP Fellow in 1988-89).

Shari Miller - Deputy Superintendent for Instruction and Operation, Lansing School District.  Ms. Miller has the assignment of working with numerous community and post secondary groups.  She has served as deputy superintendent for another school district and has experience as a high school administrator and teacher.  She was an EPFP Fellow in 2000-01).

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