Seven elements for effective community-school partnerships

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, @eSN_Meris
February 3rd, 2013

Partnerships for learning require that all partners involved understand and stick to strategies that encourage collaboration.

The phrase “It takes a village” is at the heart of a school reform movement called partnerships for learning, which aims to integrate community resources with local schools to educate the “whole child.” Now, a new report reveals the keys to successful community-school partnerships.

According to the Harvard Family Research Project report, “Partnerships for Learning: Community Support for Youth Success,” data collected from a community schools initiative called Elev8 show what successful partnerships for learning look like—and the effects these can have on learning.

Many educators are shifting away from the “traditional education model in which schools focus primarily on providing youth with a solid foundation in academics,” explains the report. “Instead, they are moving toward a more comprehensive approach that supports youths’ physical, social, and emotional needs in addition to their academic achievement.”

When partners work together to combine resources strategically, aligning their goals with the curriculum, a “seamless web of supports” is created that provides children with a “holistic learning experience,” says the report.

(Next page: Conditions that youth need to succeed, and seven elements of successful partnerships for learning)

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One Response to “Seven elements for effective community-school partnerships”

April 28, 2013

What can we do to immediately and emphatically stop this line of thinking?. Yes physical education with nutritional information is an important area of needed education. Bur parents need to get behind teachers and support them as they teach academics. But it takes concerned active parents to nurture and teach social and emotional areas. Yes, if a teacher sees emotional or behavior problems they should be very comfortable in bringing them to the attention of the parents and school health support. We should understand that children belong to the parents and not the community and understand that education is the focus of teachers. We need to make sure parents take individual responsibility for their children. It is NOT a community responsibility.