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					   Supporting Student Success

Connecting Schools and
Communities Through Effective
    Partnerships
                                                  Mary B. Sutton
                                Michigan After-School Partnership
                      517-371-4360 Ext 17 msutton@uwmich.org
Schools cannot be the only magic bullet for
kids. They need to be healthy, they need to
be in adequate housing, they need their
emotional needs met, they need their
nutritional needs met. And schools can do
that only in partnership with other
agencies.
    -- Judith Johnson, Superintendent, Peekskill, New York
We know that to be successful, all
children need to be

   Safe
   Healthy
   Engaged
   Supported
   Challenged
Children spend 20% of their waking hours
 in school

What happens during the remaining 80%
 is vital to their success.
A New Day for Learning

We need to re-imagine
 How

 When

 Where

Young people learn
http://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/ANewDayforLearning.pdf
21st Century Vision for learning


   builds on a foundation of core
    academics
       leveraging community resources
       incorporating strategies such as
        hands-on learning
        working in teams
        problem-solving
What does it look like?


Whether it is urban, suburban or rural
   Expands the definition of School Success
   Uses research-based knowledge about how students
    learn best
   Fosters collaboration across all sectors
   Integrates various learning approaches and places
   Provides new opportunities for leadership and
    professional development
“For every complex issue,
 there is a simple solution,
   and it is almost always
           wrong.”
“Change is good….

    …You go first.”
Why build partnerships?
   Collaborations multiply collective
    strengths
   Collaborations can provide answers to
    many problems
       Competition for resources
       Disjointed services
       Complex community problems
       Needs that exceed available resources
Everyone benefits
   Create win/win relationships
   Minimize problems
   Maximize results
Stages of working together
   Networking
   Cooperating
   Coordination
   Collaboration
How…..
Setting a vision
Engaging the stakeholders
Taking stock
Creating links
Assessment and continuous improvement
Community Partners
   Think outside the box
   Brainstorm
   Assess Community resources
   Identify opportunities
Community Asset Mapping
   Identify Key Components of your
    community
   Strategies of involvement
   Strategies to engage traditionally
    under-represented groups
   Identify community expertise and
    knowledge
MASP
   A state-wide coalition of state agencies,
    organizations and local after school
    collaborations working to ensure our
    state’s children and youth have quality
    after school programs that help keep
    them safe, healthy, educated, prepared
    for the workplace and to become
    successful citizens.
       Resources
   MASP – www.miafterschool.org
   Afterschool Alliance – www.afterschoolalliance.org
   A New Day For Learning
    http://www.edutopia.org/files/existing/pdfs/ANewD
    ayforLearning.pdf
   “We are shortchanging our future by
    ignoring the potential of more time and
    more people to help our children and
    communities get ahead. We must
    maximize every opportunity to compete
    successfully in the international
    marketplace of ideas and commerce”
                                                 - Richard Riley
                 United States Secretary of Education 1993-2001

				
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