Deadlines and Reminders
The School Partnerships Division is happy to welcome your partnership back for a 3rd year of the Adopt-a-School Program! Looking ahead to the 2017-2018 school year, I am excited to share a few programmatic updates we’ve introduced based on your feedback, best practices we’ve seen across partnerships, and the activities we prioritize as a District to drive student achievement. These programmatic shifts are effective as of July 1, 2017 and are outlined in additional detail below.
What's new in the Adopt-a-School Program Next Year?
The changes shared above are outlined in additional detail below:
1. Start partnership activities in the summer: The time leading up to and immediately following the first day of school is an important time for setting students and schools up for a year of success. What we’ve learned from all of you is that partners can play a key role in supporting schools during this time by helping to staff community block parties, volunteering for school beautification days, or donating school supplies. Many of you already do this in your partnerships now we are formalizing that practice.
2. Supporting school-based family engagement priorities: What we’ve observed from your success to date is that when partnerships align their support to addressing key school priorities they are able to see their impact in unique ways. We know that family engagement is a key component of student success and a top priority for every school. By having partners focus 1 of their 3 required activities on family engagement we expect to see partnerships have a more direct impact on student success and further integrate into the larger school community.
3. Reduced reporting requirements (but keep us informed!): We’ve heard your feedback and we’re listening! In school year 17-18 we will limit the number of required reports to just 2-3; at the start of the school year (Oct), in the middle of the school year (Jan/Feb) and end of year (May/June). While you will not be expected to report out after every activity, you are still expected to invite firstname.lastname@example.org to all of your partnership activities in advance. You should still expect to hear from SPD with questions about upcoming events and activities.