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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).



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