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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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  • Connecting Alumni-Mentors and Students Online

    A look at how one high school guided students to meet virtually with alumni for help with career interests and internships.
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  • How to Be a ‘Poverty-Disrupting Educator’

    Over 12 million American kids live in poverty. What role can schools play in disrupting its pernicious effects?
    561
  • The Secret to Creating Effective Community Partnerships

    A former elementary school principal describes how her school integrated community volunteers to enhance students’ academic growth.
    289
  • What Educators Are Learning During the Pandemic

    Many school leaders and teachers are focusing on whole child education, an idea that seems likely to grow in prominence in the future.
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  • Reaching Out to Businesses for Meaningful Career Education

    Regional initiatives can offer high school students hands-on learning experiences with businesses to prepare them for life beyond school.
    161
  • Building a 21st-Century Learning Space

    A community raised $6 million to construct an innovative 30,000-square-foot facility complete with makerspaces and learning labs.
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  • 5 Steps to Better School/Community Collaboration

    A parent and community organizer shares some resources and great ideas, including the creation of a resource map and connecting with subject matter experts to connect to curriculum.
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  • Running a Business in School

    Students learn skills like maintaining inventory, marketing, and scheduling while working in a cafe as part of a business class.
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  • A More Engaging Back to School Night

    Intentionally fostering interactions among teachers, parents, and community partners helped one school create a more inviting event.
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  • How to Improve Students With Disabilities’ Sense of Belonging

    By focusing on play, schools are finding ways to bring students with and without disabilities together, to the benefit of both groups.
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  • 5 Ways to Stop Bullying and Move into Action

    With daily news reports about the devastating impact on students who have been relentlessly bullied, teachers find themselves on the front line in addressing bullying and intolerance. It is time to move into action. Not In Our School offers solutions-based strategies and tools for change to a network of schools that are working to create safe, inclusive and accepting climates.
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  • Breaking the Cycle of Silence Around Black Mental Health

    Data shows that Black youth are especially prone to develop mental health issues but less likely to seek out or receive the specialized services and care they need.
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  • Celebrating Cultural Identity Through the Arts

    When afterschool program Ballet Folklorico teaches kids traditional Mexican dance, they build not only social and emotional skills, but also community.
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  • Building a Culture of Kindness With a Day of Service

    When Maryland middle school students spend a day focusing on helping others, they see their own capacity to make a difference in their community.
    2.1k
  • 4 Tips for a Successful Self-Contained Classroom

    Co-teachers in a special education classroom focus on building a community of learners with a focus on real-world skills.
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