The NECA Steering Committee has more formally organized its approach to meetings and communication over time. The committee now follows a monthly meeting schedule and has developed a clear process to address issues during meetings.
Golden stresses that improved organization helps ensure that all of the moving pieces stay aligned with one another. This is particularly critical between partners, she says. “It’s important to raise all the issues and know how it impacts each partner.”
For this reason, every committee member is expected to be involved in important decisions. For example, the Scope and Sequence focuses on content, courses, schedule, and funding, which involves the district, the high school, the college, and IBM, with each piece falling in the domain of a different committee member. Even so, every partner has been involved in developing the Scope and Sequence as a whole, regardless of each partner’s individual level of involvement in a particular task. This approach ensures that decisions take into account the expertise and perspectives of each partner organization.
As NECA continues to evolve and mature, the Steering Committee will grow and grapple with new challenges. According to Ralph Valenzisi, Director of Technology for Norwalk Public Schools and a member of the Steering Committee, “We need to be nimble, make adjustments, and execute.”
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