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    Partnership Tools and Supports

    The SPS School and Community Partnership Department, in partnership with school staff and partners, have developed tools to support good partnership practices.

    General Partnership Tools:

    1. Racial Equity Questions for School Community Partnerships. These questions are meant to help schools and partners in applying a racial equity lens to their partnership work. These questions can be used for both potential and current partnerships.

    2. School Community Partnership Summary. This document can provide a brief summary of each partnership at a school to help ensure compliance, alignment, and shared expectations.

    3. Youth Development Executives of King County toolkit. This toolkit includes a number of practical tools that will help launch, expand and strengthen your school and community based partnerships.

    4. SPS Community Partner Platform. To help you in identifying additional partners the SCP Department has created a searchable database of school and community based partners.


    Expanded Learning Tools (primarily for before/after school programs):

    1. Expanded Learning Tools Introduction. Process recommendations on how to effectively use the tools

    2. SPS Expanded Learning Inventory Work Sheet to support identification of strengths and gaps in your current partner programming, who is being served, and when

    3. Space Use Worksheet to support the coordination of facility use based on licensing and other 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. School's Out Washington's Quality Standards. This helpful guide is a resource developed to establish standards for program quality in afterschool and youth development programs.                                                 
    7. PTSA Tools. PTSAs often play a vital role in coordinating after school 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 partnership coordination and may not need these tools; we also recognize that it takes time to develop and sustain a strong system of coordination at every school and district-wide. The School and Community Partnerships department is committed to developing tools and systems to support this important work


    School and Community Partnership Supports: 
    If you would like assistance in reviewing your current partnerships, bringing in additional partners, or setting up systems to manage your current partners, please email the School and Community Partnerships Department at

    Visit the Seattle Public Schools District Forms and Processes page for details on some of the common process questions related to contracting with community based organizations.

    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


    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 community partners.


    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 tools in Appendix I)

    If you are using or are aware of other great tools for aligning and strengthening partnerships, please email them to Jill Leahy at