Updated: Jul 3, 2013
Transparent Collaboration is about open, honest communication and valuing stakeholder input. Marzano (2003) states that community stakeholder input is invaluable. School systems should strive to obtain public opinion and support of (a) understanding balanced subject matter, (b) resource planning, (c) financial contributions and corporate involvement, which will increase (d) attendance (Marzano as cited in Cookenmaster, Dickerson, Trujillo and Wilson, 2008). A balance must be achieved when asking the community for input regarding the school operations (Gilmore, Lovett, Verstappen, & Clarke, 2008). Marzano speaks about public input increasing communication between the school and community. Gilmore, et al cautions that merely informing parents or the community produces little substantive change.
Acting in a cyclical nature, with the school leadership at the core of the discussion, Gilmore, et al (2008) suggests a ripple-effect pattern. The wave of involvement moves from the principal to the board and staff, from staff to students, from students to the home and community. This wheel of involvement permits the community at large to (a) give the school feedback, (b) participate in school sponsored activities, (c) participate in the articulation process, (d) make important decisions regarding change processes, (e) own the responsibility for action (Gilmore, et al).
In an attempt to foster collaborative decision making, Osceola Adventist Christian School’s board of education and administrator are deeply committed to transparent collaboration. In keeping with the spirit of the State of Florida’s Sunshine Law, all board meetings are open meetings to the parents and constituency of the school, excluding executive sessions. Open session board minutes will be made available upon request.