Every School Community Is Rich with Opportunity


Too often school partnerships focus on the school being a service provider for the surrounding community as opposed to a network hub. From opening up the school building to businesses and non-profits to move in, to creating internships and apprenticeships throughout a community, this panel will explore innovative ways that schools can map the assets their community has to offer and how to break down the metaphorical (and sometimes physical) walls between a school and its community.

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  1. Map the assets of a school community based on expertise, economic development, and educational opportunity
  2. Write school policy to navigate the complexities of exchanging public goods for opportunities between a public school and private business
  3. Develop a framework for student engagement through internships and apprenticeships that are student-led and centered on evidence of experience.



Zach Varnell, Co-Director of Innovation, Elements of Education, Partner Schools

Meta Information:

  • Tags: partnerships
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Podcast
  • Track: Community Initiatives
  • Session Focus Area K-12 Education
  • Level: Field Experience

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