San Francisco Bat Kid: A Model PBL Project: Understand how the high-profile pageant of San Francisco's Bat Kid event provides lessons about partnering with local, national, and international organizations to enrich both project-based learning and service learning. (Edutopia, 2013)
Edutopia's flagship series highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn. Below, find downloads used by practitioners at featured schools, and explore real-world examples of community partnerships.
Students at Montpelier High School in Montpelier, Vermont, work with local organizations, businesses, and individuals to craft internships that allow them to explore their interests, learn skills, and work collaboratively. Take a look at how Montpelier finds real-life community applications for student learning through service-learning projects, and explore a few of this school's resources:
For students at Normal Park Museum Magnet School, the entire community of Chattanooga, Tennessee -- from museums and cultural centers to local businesses and natural areas -- provides opportunities to make real-world curriculum connections; discover how Normal Park engages community partners to provide these new opportunities for learning.
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.