As policymakers and practitioners consider ways to provide high-quality learning opportunities to all students through expanded day and afterschool programs, a central component of the work is creating and maintaining strong partnerships between schools and community organizations. This forum highlighted research and practice on successful school-community partnerships, which can help inform policy discussions related to afterschool and expanded learning opportunities. Discussion focused on: creating a shared vision between education and community partners; determining and measuring student outcomes for all partners; sharing data among partners; identifying and supporting strong leadership; and building organizational capacity. Panelists concluded with recommendations on how federal policy can support and promote strong school-community partnerships.
Jessica Donner, Director, Collaborative for Building After School Systems (CBASS) (NY)
Priscilla Little, Consultant and formerly of Harvard Family Research Project (MA)
Jennifer Peck, Executive Director, Partnership for Children and Youth (CA).