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Community Partnerships

Learn and share ideas about how to engage caring individuals, organizations, and businesses to help schools with resources, mentors, internships, and more.

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Social Justice: A Whole-School Approach

Read about a social justice-based school that addresses larger issues as a learning community, builds curriculum around service learning, and regularly involves families.

Just Ask: Strategies for Building Community Partnerships

Whether through questionnaires to parents or networking through colleagues, you can build a resource pool from the wide range of expertise within your community.

Partner with Local Arts Organizations

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.

Building Community Partnerships: Resource Roundup

Explore examples and strategies for initiating and fostering successful business and community partnerships.

Using Entrepreneurship to Transform Student Work

Raleigh Werberger, a high school history and humanities teacher, describes a PBL unit that flipped a class from 'just good enough' to creating a working business model and seeking funds to launch a startup.


The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

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5 Ways to Stop Bullying and Move into Action

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Increasing Student Voice in Local Schools and Districts

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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

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Empowering Students Through Multimedia Storytelling

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Case Study: What Does it Take to Turn Around a School?

Author and educator Rick Winter describes his experience in taking a small school from struggling to success.

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Connecting School and Home: 360-Degree Communication

School administrator and author Matt Levinson provides a startup kit for the parents of future middle schoolers, and digital citizens.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: School Gardens

This video playlist goes outdoors to check out school gardens around the country. School gardens provide great green lessons about cooperation, sustainability, and stewardship of the earth.

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The Importance of Community Involvement in Schools

Family and community involvement play essential roles in the success of schools, explains blogger Anne O'Brien.

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Service Learning Case Study: The Answer to Our Educational Woes in 10,000 Cookies?

Blogger Jim Berman emphasizes the benefits of service learning. It cultivates transportable skills in students, while helping your community.

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Flip Bits Not Burgers: Google's Summer of Code

Blogger Shahzad Saeed explains Google's Summer of Code, an open source program to keep students fluent in and excited about their tech skills.

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New Teacher Academy: How to Work With Parents

In week four of Lisa Dabbs' New Teacher Academy series, guest blogger Shelly Sanchez Terrell talks about the benefits of working with the parents of students.

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Connecting School and Home: 360-Degree Communication

School administrator and author Matt Levinson provides a startup kit for the parents of future middle schoolers, and digital citizens.

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Constructing Sustainable Houses Develops Collaborative Skills (Is School Enough? Series)

Constructing Sustainable Houses Develops Collaborative Skills

Teens in Philadelphia learn how to solve math and engineering problems while working together to build high-efficiency homes designed for disaster relief, as part of an alternative senior year program called the Workshop School.

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Internships Provide On-the-Job Learning

Respect, responsibility, and accountability: how opportunities for learning in the workplace bring out the best in students.

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Students Master Digital Media Skills Teaching Tech to Older Adults

Digital media instructor Daphne Bradford turned an after-school technology enrichment program into a valuable lesson for retired community members.

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Fixing Detached Schools Via Tech

If schools seem detached from the people and communities they serve, strategic uses of interactive technology, apps, and social media offer the means to reconnect.

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Empowering Students Through Entrepreneurship & Design Thinking, Part 2

In the second of two parts, Kim Saxe, Director of the Innovation Labs at The Nueva School, describes more about the Intro to Entrepreneurship class for 7th and 8th graders.

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After-School Mentors Matter at Citizen Schools

After-School Mentors Matter at Citizen Schools

Through the Citizen Schools program, professionals team up with public schools to create an enhanced learning community after the school day ends.

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