As I try to understand how partnerships are evolving, I’m learning more about:

Institute for Democratic Education

  • I’m excited by the potential of the “Democratic Schools” movement.  IDEA helps individuals and communities to reinvent education to free creative, curious, collaborative learners.

PICO National Network School Improvement Organizing

  • I’ve been intrigued by how families organizing through congregations are impacting school improvement and parent engagement and it’s potential applications.  Thank you to folks at Vermont Interfaith Action for letting me know about this work!

Annenberg Center for Education Organizing

The Annenberg Institute’s work on Smart Education Systems

  • “Simply put, a smart education system links a high-functioning school district with a web of supports for children and families that collectively develop and integrate high-quality learning opportunities in all areas of students’ lives – at school, at home, and in the community. Such systems actively engage youths and community members in the development and implementation of services, to ensure that they meet community needs.
    Robert Rothman, Senior Fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education

Strive Partnership

Alliance for Excellent Education: Read about partnerships embedded in the “Elements of a Successful High School.”

Public Education Network

  • Mission: To build public demand and mobilize resources for quality public education for all children through a national constituency of local education funds and individuals.

National Network of Partnership Schools

  • “There are many reasons for developing school, family, and community partnerships. They can improve school programs and school climate, provide family services and support, increase parents’ skills and leadership, connect families with others in the school and in the community, and help teachers with their work. However, the main reason to create such partnerships is to help all youngsters succeed in school and in later life. When parents, teachers, students, and others view one another as partners in education, a caring community forms around students and begins its work.”—Dr. Joyce Epstein, Principle Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University, Director of the National Network of Partnership Schools

Harlem Children’s Zone

  • An article in the New York Times described the objective of the Harlem Children’s Zone as “creating a safety net woven so tightly that children just can’t slip through.”

Technology in School Transformation

  • I’ve been following Will Richardson’s blog — to learn more about what’s on the horizon…

  • Lots of information for parents to learn more about their schools, share their thoughts, and find a grade-by-grade guide.

How can every community develop partnerships that are so strong that we do not squander the potential of a single child?

Do you have ideas to share?  Post them here!


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