Keys to Successful Partnerships
• Hold regularly scheduled meetings of the Partners in Education team.
• Maintain clear communication among members of the team.
• Involve several school staff members and community organization representatives on your Partners in Education team.
• Rotate new representatives on the team yearly.
• Rotate your meeting site from the school to the community organization to a neutral site.
• Clearly state the team’s goals and expectations in writing. Include those who are responsible for activities with a time line.
• Include the school improvement plan in the planning process.
• Make sure that “thank you” is said often.
• Maintain some degree of flexibility in planning.
• Use volunteers wisely to keep their enthusiasm high.
• Hold a planning meeting in late spring/early summer to prepare for events and activities in August as school opens.
• Keep a file of minutes and notes to pass on to replacements or new team members.
• Identify parents from the school who are part of the community organization, and involve them in the partnership.
• Include a parent on the school Partners in Education team.
• Clearly identify and communicate any budgeted funds that are designated for the partnership.
• Get the commitment of the school principal and the community organization’s top management.
• Include students in the planning process where it is age appropriate.
• Promote your partnership activities within the school and at the community organization location(s).
|Last Updated: 1/8/09|