Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centers Collaboration Survey (Executive Summary)
The National Assembly is studying the after school collaborative programs provided by schools and community partners that are part of the 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative. National Assembly administered the survey to a group of school and community partner grantees attending a session on collaboration at a Summer Institute hosted by the U.S. Department of Education in 2000. This 11-page Executive Summary presents key findings from the survey. The key findings are grouped into three areas: satisfaction with the collaborative experiences, common obstacles to collaboration, and statistically significant differences in collaborative experiences. In the first area, the researchers found that school partners were more satisfied (82 percent) with their collaborative experiences than community partners (50 percent). The three obstacles to collaboration identified by both school and community partners were: (1) different attitudes and philosophies about how children learn and develop; (2)different perceptions of accountability; and (3) disagreements over turf. After presenting the key findings, the authors describe the survey methodology, and present more detailed data on satisfaction with and obstacles to collaboration. The Executive Summary concludes with tables of data ranking all of the survey responses, including comments beyond the specific collaboration questions.