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 initiating and fostering successful business and community partnerships.
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.
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.
Reach out to community members for help securing school supplies and resources. Heick provides eight timely suggestions for teachers torn between adequately preparing their classrooms and breaking their personal budgets.
A parent and community organizer shares some resources and great ideas, including how to create a community resource map and connect with subject matter experts to link curriculum to real-world experiences.
An educator in Tampa, Florida, shares insights on how she and one student started a movement to help others in their community. For more on benefits and opportunities related to service learning, check out Maurice Elias's blog post, "How to Bring Service Learning to Your School."
Find out how to secure mentors, internships, and expert assistance to support career and technical education. For more information about schools that support Career and Technical Education (CTE), be sure to visit the Schools That Work package, “Merging Career Tech and College Prep.”
Miller looks at the high-profile pageant of San Francisco's Bat Kid event and sees a best-case scenario for partnering with local, national and international organizations to enrich both project-based learning and service learning.
Geography teacher Stay continues Sammamish High School's blog series about the seven key elements for integrating PBL with an offbeat analogy that compares finding the right outside expert to dating and marriage.
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.