A formal partnership was established between Idaho State University, College of Education and Fort Hall Elementary School on the Fort Hall Shoshone-Bannock Reservation. Through a collaborative model, a learning environment has evolved in which trust, respect, ownership and growth has occurred for all of the participants in the university and public school, which includes university faculty and students and the public school administration, faculty and students. There has also been an increase of parental involvement and a sense of pride established in the community. Advancements in student test scores in reading and math have been reported with the teachers claiming that the assistance from university students has help to make the increase in student achievement possible. The general elements of the model could be used by any partnership. Included are suggestions concerning how to adapt this model to other collaborative public school/university partnerships.



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