The 2006-2007 National School and Business Partnerships Award, presented by the Council for Corporate and School Partnerships, will recognize six exemplary school-business partnerships that are making a measurable difference in the academic, social, or physical well-being of K-12 students. Each winning partnership will receive $10,000, along with national recognition as best-practice models for other schools and businesses to follow. Applications will be judged on how well the partnership demonstrates success in four categories: (1) foundation-how the partnership was initially established; (2) implementation-how the partners work together on an ongoing basis; (3) sustainability-how the partners work to sustain the partnership over time; and (4) evaluation-the impact the partnership has on the business and school communities. School-business partnerships are vital toward preparing students for the challenges of higher education and the 21st-century workplace, said former Education Secretary Richard Riley, council chair. Effective, evidence-based partnerships lay out a carefully constructed plan with mutually agreed upon goals and objectives that include a shared understanding of approach. Well-designed, thoughtful partnerships improve student achievement and better prepare our nation’s future workforce. The council created the awards program in 2002, and last year it received 330 applications from communities across every region of the U.S.

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