making big things happen through strategic collaboration

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Through my presentation I will share a model for strategic collaboration that has the potential to significantly impact the lives of communities, youth, and individuals as well as building capacity for the partnering organizations and systems that they represent. I will begin by presenting the general model, which focuses on designing collaboration from the foundation up with the goal of building capacity and actualizing potential. I will then explore 4 levels of application with supporting evidence, including: Buffalo Public Schools; women and children in the Kitenga village in Northern Tanzania; youth engagement and social entrepreneurism; and personal empowerment.

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  • 1. UB Center for Educational CollaborationMaking BIG Things Happen Through StrategicCollaboration.Mara B. Huber, Ph.D. Whyiscollaborationsoimportant? Shareaflexiblemodelforstrategiccollaboration 2Applications:BuffaloPublicSchoolsPartnershipBuffaloTanzaniaProject LessonsLearned Discussion

2. UB Center for Educational CollaborationWhysoimportant?Increasingexpectationsfor(educational)partnerships POLICY Emphasis on partnershipsMANDATES that are: RFPS Equitable SENSEOF URGENCY Innovative Impactful Sustainable DWINDLING RESOURCES Transformative New expectations for partnerships AND partners 3. UB Center for Educational CollaborationInherent Appeal of Partnerships **Needs:Needs: Students Teachers Placements Administrators Research Prof. dev Grants Expertise Opportunities Opportunities Improved Resources models Improved models We need one another to fulfill our respective missions 4. UB Center for Educational CollaborationPartnershipsareoftenbuiltonunstablefoundationsRESOURCES EXPECTATIONS PARTNERSHIPWeakfoundationcanresultinlimitedimpact 5. UB Center for Educational CollaborationPartnerships are surprisingly complex intercultural differences interpersonal differences historical baggage stereotypes power imbalances changing personnel lack of accountabilityChallenge of bringing together such disparate systems/cultures 6. UB Center for Educational CollaborationMany partnership models are highly localized focus on specific grant programs limited participation limited understanding communication limited to kick-off leadership may change expertise specific to contentOpportunity for impact is inherently limited 7. UB Center for Educational CollaborationHow to address challenges to maximize impact? 8. UB Center for Educational Collaboration Simple Process Model Build foundation on trust, respect, and understanding Identify areas of shared interest that are at the right level Seed core programs in focus domains Study and communicate impact BUILD CAPACITY 9. UB Center for Educational CollaborationExample:UB BuffaloPublicSchoolsPartnership 1.Buildingfoundation:sharedposition 2.Areasoffocus: researchandevaluation academicaccelerationcollegereadinessstrategicsupport 10. UB Center for Educational CollaborationExample:UB BuffaloPublicSchoolsPartnership 3.Seedsignatureprograms R&E:ExtendedLearningOpportunityProgram SummerSTEMcamps BuffaloPartnershipScholarshipProgram informalcounselandfacilitation 4.Studyandcommunicateimpact Evaluationcontracts;newsletters;website;presentations;articles 11. UB Center for Educational CollaborationExample:UB BuffaloPublicSchoolsPartnership 4.BuildCapacity evolutionofsummerSTEM expansiontoafterschool grantapplications developmentofPathwaysincludingCivicPathways evolutionofUniversitypieceincludingDestinationCollege expansionofmodeltointernationalvenue 12. UB Center for Educational CollaborationExample:BuffaloTanzaniaEducationProject 1.Layingthefoundation:2009trip;IHSA 2.Identifyingareasoffocus: education;health;economics; infrastructure 3.SeedingSignatureProgramsEarlyChildhoodSchool;SecondarySchool;SolarCookers;Water 13. UB Center for Educational CollaborationExample:BuffaloTanzaniaEducationProject 4.StudyingandCommunicatingImpact solarcookerresearch;focusgroupswebsite;videos;presentations 5.BuildingCapacity communitypartners researchgroup publichealthprojectclasswikisite 14. UB Center for Educational CollaborationLessonsLearnedImportanceofleadership ImportanceofstrategicplanningValueofsteppingawayfromtheworkNeedforclearaccountabilityonbothsidesPartnershipmustbebuiltonrespect,trust,andunderstanding NotionofpartnerreadinessItispossibletobuildstrong,sustainable,impactfulpartnerships 15. UB Center for Educational CollaborationHowfarcanwego?ImportanceofmissionImportanceofprocessPowerofhistoricaltendencies Iflefttotheirownnaturalcourse,partnershipswillnotliveuptoourhopesandexpectations.Mustbecreatedandmaintainedbydesign