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Achieving College DreamsHow a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School$
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Rhona S. Weinstein and Frank C. Worrell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190260903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260903.001.0001

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Forging a Partnership with Aspire Public Schools

Forging a Partnership with Aspire Public Schools

(p.55) 3 Forging a Partnership with Aspire Public Schools
Achieving College Dreams

Rhona S. Weinstein

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the development of a partnership between the University of California, Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools that allowed two institutions with different modes of operating to meet, co-construct, support, and sustain a high-performing secondary school for students from traditionally disenfranchised populations. Key to this partnership were a memorandum of understanding that defined roles and responsibilities and four structures that allowed the partnership to function and thrive: the monthly Early College Initiative committee; the weekly Liaison Planning meeting; the weekly School-Site Partnership meeting; and the Partner Leadership meeting between the university vice chancellors and the Aspire leadership. Using narrative records of partnership meetings, this chapter highlights how these two disparate cultures worked collaboratively to bring an emerging vision of a college-preparatory secondary school for underserved students into reality. The joint effort resulted in the development of the California College Preparatory Academy.

Keywords:   Aspire Public Schools, CAL Prep, charter school, MOU, partnership organizational cultures, new-school development

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