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CORE PRINCIPLES                   Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership                                                   ...
KEY STRATEGIC QUESTION    Used to Guide our ProjectWhat governance structure should theAlliance for Arts Learning Leadersh...
OLD STRUCTURE                         NEW STRUCTURE•   There is a lack of clarity on     •   Defined partnership roles and...
Mapping the                    Next                         10 YearsAn Emerging Roadmap toTransformPublic Education throug...
A Different Approach to                     Planning      Conversations                                                   ...
Our Organizing FrameworkHow can wecollectivelytransformpubliceducationthroughthe artsto createabetter futureforeveryone?
Phase 1: Conversations (BuildingMuscle)      Catalyze strategic      conversations.      Self-organized, strategic      co...
AEP Forum                                                  Alameda County Arts Commission                                 ...
We created an open blog for                                       participants to share key insights                      ...
Mindset Shifts Required                                           Focus on                                      integrated...
The ResultA resilient andresponsive networkto ensure a complete educationfor thesuccess of every child.
Phase IIKey Questions                      What shifts will this require?         How will this reshape our relationships?...
National guildworkshop 11_15_2012
National guildworkshop 11_15_2012
National guildworkshop 11_15_2012
National guildworkshop 11_15_2012
National guildworkshop 11_15_2012
National guildworkshop 11_15_2012
National guildworkshop 11_15_2012
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National guildworkshop 11_15_2012

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Presentation at the 2012 annual conference of the National Guild for Community Arts Education by Andrea Temkin and Christopher Keevil.

Multi-Organizational Alliances: Maximizing Impact
Thursday | 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Topics covered: Collaboration / Partnership

In communities across the country, nonprofits are forming multi-organizational alliances to overcome common challenges, leverage economies of scale and increase their collective impact. Recent research described in the Stanford Social Innovation Review reveals that high functioning alliances share common practices and are guided by a consistent set of principles that generate powerful results. In 2009, Wellspring Consulting helped the Alameda County Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership revise its governance structure so that it could better serve its members’ individual and mutual interests. Today, more than 50 organizations and 90 individuals collaborate through the Alliance to carry out arts integration projects and advocate for public support of arts education. Presenters will share research findings and practical real-world examples you can use to build effective alliances and generate large scale change in your community.

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National guildworkshop 11_15_2012

  1. 1. CORE PRINCIPLES Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership Builds on the strengths that every child brings to school and provides tools for teachers to differentiate Quality Arts instruction and connect to diverse Learning learning styles so that every child can be successful in school TODAY Every child Educational Cultural Equity CompetencyRequires that arts learning strategies Comprehends that every child entersmust be aimed at important learning and school with experiences from theireducational goals identified by teachers, homes and communities that areadministrators, and community members assets and must be acknowledged,so that every student is successful as recognized, and built uponthey advance through grade levels inschool and later in life 3
  2. 2. KEY STRATEGIC QUESTION Used to Guide our ProjectWhat governance structure should theAlliance for Arts Learning Leadershipput in place now that will be effectivein the present, and also position theorganization well for the future?– Across the network of partners and organizations who interact with and through the Alliance; and,– In the context of our role as a social change organization – going beyond the teaching of dance, drama, music, and visual arts, to responding to issues of equity
  3. 3. OLD STRUCTURE NEW STRUCTURE• There is a lack of clarity on • Defined partnership roles and individuals’ roles responsibilities• Meetings and engagements are • Organizations, groups, and not focused on the most individuals make explicit valuable content for attendees commitments to participate as• The decision making process is members in the Alliance unclear • Clearly articulated programs• There is a lack of consensus with agreed upon goals and around the implementation of objectives the Alliance’s work • Information and• The loop is often not closed on communication flow can be open issues better targeted to those who• Some groups are need them underrepresented • Defined and visible paths of decision making
  4. 4. Mapping the Next 10 YearsAn Emerging Roadmap toTransformPublic Education through the ArtsAugust 2012Presented by theAlliance for Arts Learning Leadership
  5. 5. A Different Approach to Planning Conversations Collective (Building Outreach Impact Muscle) Phase 1: March – July 2012 Phase 2 Phase 3―I believe we can change the world if we start listening to oneanother again. Simple, honest, human conversation. Notmediation, negotiation, problem-solving, debate, or public meetings.Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance tospeak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well.‖ —Meg Wheatley, Turning to One Another
  6. 6. Our Organizing FrameworkHow can wecollectivelytransformpubliceducationthroughthe artsto createabetter futureforeveryone?
  7. 7. Phase 1: Conversations (BuildingMuscle) Catalyze strategic conversations. Self-organized, strategic conversations using ―Conversations-In-A- Leave a trail. Box‖ as guidance. Key takeaways from conversations were shared in a blog. Synthesize. Volunteers synthesized what they heard and fed summaries and provocative questions back into the community.
  8. 8. AEP Forum Alameda County Arts Commission Alameda County Board of Education Alameda County Office of Education Berkeley Unified School District CSU East Bay CSU Northridge Cal Performances California Academy of Sciences California PTA Castro Valley High School Civicorps De Young Museum Dublin Unified School District Envision Learning Partners Exploratorium Hearst Museum of Anthropology Hewlett Foundation IMSS ISKME Jefferson Elementary Justice Matters KQED Leslie University MOCHA McKinley Elementary Mills Teacher Scholars Muir Middle School Oakland Leadership Academy Oakland Museum Oakland Unified School District Oakland Youth Chorus Peralta PTA Performing Arts Workshop Rex Foundation SFMOMA SLANT San Francisco Ballet San Francisco Boys Choir San Francisco Brown Bag Collaborative San Francisco State University San Francisco Unified School District San Jose Unified School District San Leandro Unified School District San Mateo County of Education More than 280 people representing 50+ Streetside Stories Sunol-Glen Unified School District organizations from 8 counties participated in Teaching Artists Organized University of San Francisco Vida Studiosself-organized, face-to-face conversations from Visual Thinking Strategies West Ed March through June 2012.
  9. 9. We created an open blog for participants to share key insights from their conversations and to “build muscle” for online engagement. 80 blog posts from 36 different people. 63 comments from 17 different people. Several community members went beyond sharing their face-to-face conversations and began an activehttp://allianceforall.wordpress.com/ dialogue online.
  10. 10. Mindset Shifts Required Focus on integrated, project- Focus on discreet standards and narrow curriculum based, interdisciplinary learning that supports the Whole Child Whole Community Siloed that works in intelligent organizations, events, projec and intentional ts coordination to assure that every child learns Strategies that Strategies that address address issues from a issues in isolation Whole System perspective
  11. 11. The ResultA resilient andresponsive networkto ensure a complete educationfor thesuccess of every child.
  12. 12. Phase IIKey Questions What shifts will this require? How will this reshape our relationships? What will our benchmarks for success be? Who should take responsibility for the work that emerges, and how will this happen? What role will you play in creating this future?

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