Putting It All Together

You have learned partnership-oriented practices for developing a trusting partnership which involves three phases: (a) developing an initial friendly relationship (beginning ground), (b) making shared decisions (middle ground), and (c) addressing challenging issues (firm ground). Although examples and applications of practices were introduced within these three phases, practices do not always fall into three discrete categories. Lines are often blurred as relationships move in the direction of a trusting partnership.

For additional practice, watch the three videos below to identify and reflect on examples of practices related to each fo the three phases and developing a trusting partnership.

Video 4.8: Maggie & Latesha - Beginning ground conversation

Maggie, a teacher in a child care center, and Latesha, a parent of a 4-year-old boy (Cameron), have a conversation about working together and learning from one another. This conversation highlights developing an initial friendly relationship (running time: 2 min., 35 sec.).

Video 4.9: Maggie & Latesha - Middle ground conversation

Maggie, a teacher in a child care center, and Latesha, a parent of a 4-year-old boy (Cameron), have a conversation about working together and learning from one another. This conversation highlights making shared decisions. (running time: 5 min. 23 sec.)

Video 4.10: Maggie & Latesha - Firm ground conversation

Maggie, a teacher in a child care center, and Latesha, a parent of a 4-year-old boy (Cameron), have a conversation about working together and learning from one another. This conversation highlights addressing challenging issues. (running time: 5 min. 02 sec.)