Partnership Tools and Supports

Partnership Tools and Supports

The confluence of class-size reduction, increasing enrollment, and bell-time shifts is giving SPS the opportunity to work closely with partners to build an expanded learning system that truly meets the needs of our students and families – together, we can reimagine how we use out of school time hours and how those hours can best support the needs of our community.

The SPS School and Community Partnership Department and partners have developed tools to support coordination of expanded learning services, including licensed childcare, tutoring, and enrichment. The tools were developed collaboratively with principals, curriculum & instruction staff, youth service providers and partners, and the City.

Expanded Learning Tools:
1) Introduction – process recommendations on how to effectively use the tools
2) SPS Expanded Learning Inventory Worksheet– to support identification of strengths and gaps in your current partner programming, who is being served, and when
3) Space Use Document – to support coordination of facility use based on licensing and service constraints
4) Letter from facilities (issued in March 2017) that outlines the board approved priorities for school space use
5) Coordination and Funding Models – to support alignment of partnership services to school goals and increased coordination of services
6) Youth Development Executives of King County has developed a toolkit of resources on launching, growing, and improving school community partnerships. This toolkit includes a number of practical tools that will help strengthen your partnership. 
7) To help you in identifying additional partners the SCP Department has created a searchable database of school and community based partners
8) And finally, School's Out Washington's Quality Standards for Afterschool and Youth Development Programs may be useful as you support or build out an expanded learning system
9) PTSAs often play a vital role in coordinating enrichment programming at school sites. We have developed tools to help PTSAs ensure that they are meeting legal requirements and setting up strong partnership systems. 

We recognize that many schools and parents already have strong systems of coordination and may not need these tools; we also recognize that it will take a number of years to develop coordinated expanded learning programs at all schools and that the need for afterschool services goes beyond what SPS can provide. These tools are intended to jump start this important work, and we will continue to build supports.

School and Community Partnership Supports:
If you would like assistance in reviewing your current partnerships and planning for the creation of an expanded learning program, either before or after school please email the School and Community Partnerships Department at CommunityPartnerships@seattleschools.org If we receive a number of requests we will offer workshop sessions at the JSCEE for you and your partnership team.

We would love feedback from principals, school staff and partners on how to improve these tools over time. Please send feedback to our team at CommunityPartnerships@seattleschools.org

Professional Development for Partners:
The School and Community Partnerships Department is committed to offering supports that build the capacity of community based organizations and schools to align their work and effectively and authentically partner. Check out our Professional Development offerings for the 2016-17 school year.

Tools from around the Nation to Strengthen, Align, and Improve Partnerships:

Oakland Unified School District Partnership Tools (guiding questions, letter of agreement template, community partnership identification tool, partnership assessment rubric, and check-in guides for key partnership areas)

Coalition for Community Schools Partnership Assessment Checklist

School Community Partnerships: A Guide (see especially tools in Appendix I)

Seattle Public Schools District Forms and Processes

If you are using or are aware of other great tools for aligning and strengthening partnerships, please email them to Rivka Burstein-Stern at rmbursteinst@seattleschools.org
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