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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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    Over 12 million American kids live in poverty. What role can schools play in disrupting its pernicious effects?
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  • Developing a Local History Elective

    Here’s how to find the resources to put together a course to teach middle and high school students about the history of where they live.
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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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  • Preparing High School Seniors for Job Hunting

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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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    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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    Students learn skills like maintaining inventory, marketing, and scheduling while working in a cafe as part of a business class.
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  • The Secret to Creating Effective Community Partnerships

    A former elementary school principal describes how her school integrated community volunteers to enhance students’ academic growth.
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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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  • 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.
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    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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  • How Can High-Poverty Schools Engage Families and the Community?

    High-poverty schools can involve students' families through home visits and by joining the community's safety net to provide social and medical services for those in need.
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