Establishing and Sustaining a Collaborative Culture
Collaborative relationships between public schools and the communities they serve are critical in creating learning organizations. This document sets up the six key principles of a collaborative culture with a focus on the foundation established between various stakeholders and guidelines for how different stakeholders should operate for the ultimate benefit of children. The Interest-Based Consensus-Building Process is used as an examples of a decision making process can help support a collaborative culture. Finally, this document offers tips for sustaining a collaborative culture and building a more collaborative leadership base.
An extension of the “Establishing and Sustaining a Collaborative Culture” NEA paper, the paper below provides an in-depth look at the Interest-Based Strategy (IBS) process as a best practice for developing innovative strategies for schools. The IBS process can effectively help multiple stakeholders work collaboratively through respect, inclusion and an appreciation for diverse perspectives and experiences. The document includes principles of the IBS process, its value, how to adopt the IBS process for one’s school by including all stakeholders, the six steps of the IBS process, factors to assure success and engagement of the process and finally resources for practitioners.