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The Fourth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations

Creating & Sustaining a Culture of Change: Examining a Thriving Twenty-Year University-Public School Partnership

Steven C. Baugh, K. Richard Young, Robert S. Patterson.

In the United States, school reform efforts accelerated following A Nation at Risk (1983). In this environment, Dr. John Goodlad proposed that meaningful, lasting change could best be accomplished by the simultaneous renewal of both teacher education and schools. Goodlad's inquiry into the nature of educational and organizational change led him to the conclusion that the best way to bring about this renewal was through establishing university-school partnerships. In 1984, Dr. Goodlad helped establish the Brigham Young University-Public School Partnership, comprising the university and the five surrounding school districts. The partnership continues today, twenty years later, through five changes in deans and turnover in each of the five district superintendents. Yet, even with these changes in leadership, the renewal of teacher education and the schools, through a thriving partnership, continues. This workshop will focus on the underlying principles that created and continue to sustain the partnership--a common philosophy shared by all; equal participation of the chief decision makers (dean and superintendents); common purpose; consistency of participation at all levels; and willingness to share resources. Through genuine collaboration in an atmosphere of respect and trust, the mutual interests of the university and the school districts are served.


Steven C. Baugh  (United States)
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Leadership & Foundations
Brigham Young University

Steven C. Baugh holds an Ed. D. from Brigham Young University in School Leadership. He is currently an associate professor in the McKay School of Education, Department of Educational Leadership & Foundations, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States, and Executive Director of the Brigham Young University-Public School Partnership and the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education & Schooling (CITES). In addition, he is a Leadership Associate (Cohort II), Institute of Educational Inquiry, Seattle, Washington. His research interests include the study of university-school partnerships and the content and process of effective professional development. Prior to coming to the university, he worked for 30 years in public schools as a teacher, principal, and superintendent.

K. Richard Young  (United States)

Brigham Young University

Robert S. Patterson  (United States)

Jerusalem Center
Brigham Young University

  • Change
  • Collaboration
  • Culture

(60 min. Workshop, English)