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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Building Community Partnerships: Resource Roundup

There's no doubt that schools can benefit from the resources and expertise of local businesses, organizations, and individuals. In this roundup, explore examples and strategies for fostering successful business and community partnerships.

Benefits of Community & Business Partnerships

  • Public-Private Partnerships: The Real Future of Education, by Dave Guymon (2014)

    In the areas of STEM, digital literacy, and the Maker movement, an energetic groundswell of public-private partnership initiatives is not-so-quietly remaking the future of education.

  • Learning Expeditions: Rethinking Field Trips, by Edutopia Staff (2014)

    For Normal Park students, the entire community of Chattanooga, Tennessee -- from museums and cultural centers to local businesses and natural areas -- provides opportunities to make real-world connections to the curriculum.

  • Partner With Local Arts Organizations, by Edutopia Staff (2014)

    Partnerships with local arts organizations can bring much-needed resources to your students without much cost, and can provide students with new outlets for creativity and ways to develop essential critical thinking and collaboration skills.

  • "Internships and Service Learning," Research Review on Integrated Studies, by Vanessa Vega (2013)

    Connecting with community through internships and service learning is a key component of one evidence-based approach to integrated studies. In this section on “Internships and Service Learning,” Vanessa Vega surveys the research literature on specific benefits.

  • The Importance of Community Involvement in Schools, by Anne O’Brien (2012)

    O'Brien, Deputy Director of the Learning First Alliance, underscores the importance of family and community involvement in school success and presents advice for schools looking to launch family and community engagement initiatives.

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Specific Tips and Strategies for Educators

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Technology-Powered Community Connections

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Forging Partnerships for Project-Based Learning

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Examples of Successful Partnerships

Explore examples of successful business and community partnerships to support career readiness, service learning, and afterschool and enrichment programs.

Fostering Career Readiness

Creating Opportunities for Service Learning

Supporting Afterschool Learning and Enrichment Programs

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Have you built successful community or business partnerships with your class, school, or district? Are you aware of other helpful resources? Please share your experiences and any additional resources in the comments.

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