Strategic Partnerships & Community Engagement

  • There are four general level of involvement for part­nership between schools and the community.

    Direct Student Support - At this level, the partner provides goods and services to schools, for example: mentors: tutors, equipment speakers: tours: and awards. Over a period of time, as schools and partners interact with each other volunteers have the oportunity to learn about how schools work. The sense of trust that is developed between a school and it's. partner can become the basis for partnership activites that go beyond this basic level of involvement.

    Programmatic Initiatives - The individual business, organization: or other partner works with its school partners to develop programs that target specific curriculum and or student and teacher needs. Programmatic concerns might include: career education: dropout prevention; attendance; student achievement technology skills of students and teachers; curriculum development, and parent involvement.
    Alliances/Compact/Other major Collaborative Efforts - Joint efforts between several businesses and/or community organizations and one or several schools districts designed to bring change requires initiatives in which a broad base of partners join together to achieve results focused on: changes in curriculum and institution; methods of assessment and evaluations; and major student outcomes.
    Policy Change - At this level, leaders from schools, businesses, and community organization work to­gether to develop new policies: and legislative levels, lobby for legislative support for policy changes; and follow through on these efforts to ensure that policies are implemented.

    Taken from the
    National Association of Partners in Education

    Businesses and organizations throughout The Birmingham City School District are partnering with campuses to make a difference in the lives of students.