Collaborating with the Community

Collaborating with the Community

This module provides tools and resources to measure and improve family and community collaboration within your school community. Engaging community members, businesses, and organizations as partners in children's education can improve learning communities through benefits such as expanded learning opportunities, broad-based support for increased school funding, and quality after school programs.

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Understanding Partnerships


School/community partnerships are more than a one-sided relationship that provides resources and support to schools. A true partnership is beneficial to all collaborators. Use this tool to determine the level of partnership your school is at in working with community entities.

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D e g r e e    o f    R e s o u r c e    S h a r i n g Cooperating

Using resources to assist other agencies


Organizing or combining resources to more effectively reach a mutual goal


Collectively applying resources toward problems which lack clear ownership

Contributing Resources

School and community contribute resources to project or effort; contribution is clearly defined and usually material.

Reconciling Activities

School and community adjust or combine existing programs in order to deliver services more effectively; usually entails on going relationships among partners.

Sharing Program Responsibilities

School and community come together as a new entity to provide services or to manage a resource.

Promoting Others

School and community willingly share information about the work and services of others.

Sharing Resources

School and community, which use the same goods or service, agree to share costs often defined by a contract.

Creating New Systems or Programs

School and community work to create and implement a new model to deliver services or address a public problem.

Sharing Information

School and community share information on a formal or informal basis.

Joint Projects

School and community depend upon each other to produce a specific product or event; generally involves short-term commitments.

Collective Planning

School and community develop a collective vision (and/or study) to identify community assets and for the management of resources to alleviate social problems.