What REAL Partnerships are about...
Over my time in the Community, and the time spent in thousands of meetings from local schools to federal agencies, I always wished that I could interrupt the meeting and dive deeper when they mention “partnerships”.
I do understand the concept and the continuum partnerships can exist, such as everything from “we like each other” to “a formal and legalized agreement”. But what can you really call a “partnership”? I believe that actions, both good and bad, define partnerships. You can learn about partnerships when you get to hear one of the partners talking about the arrangement separate from the other, AND an analysis of actions of the partnership.
In this A4L Newsletter (September 2018) you will read about real partnerships with real deliverables:
> The Post-Secondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) and A4L working together to develop instructions for implementers how to interpret the XML Schema as a data model for JSON exchanges (A4L Newsletter, page 3)
> The Global Education Privacy Standard (GEPS) Project bringing together the leaders of the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) and the A4L Privacy Task Force to connect privacy contractual obligations to technical benchmarks for common understanding and expectations around how privacy obligations are being met in real-world technology solutions (A4L Newsletter, page 5)
> The xPress Individualized Education Plan (xPress IEP) collaboration between the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) team and the A4L working group led by TQ White. This ideal partnership has resulted in a standardized IEP that has garnered great interest by schools, states and even vendors. The momentum continues as the work now moves into enabling the secure transport and access to IEP information (A4L Newsletter, page 8)
There are many more in the making – but we won’t call them “partnerships” yet!
Partnerships need to mean more than a public relations fodder. As President Kennedy famously stated, “A partnership is not a posture but a process”, but you be the judge when you hear about “partnerships”…