A HOW-TO GUIDE FOR SCHOOL-BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS
This guide is designed for school officials and business leaders who are interested in engaging in
school-business partnerships. Partnership programs can encompass a wide variety of activities.
They may involve staff development, curriculum development, policy development, instructional
development, guidance, mentoring, tutoring, incentives and awards, or they may provide material
and financial resources. Though the types of partnership activities can vary widely, the common goal
of virtually all school-business partnerships is to improve the education experience.
A partnership can be defined as a mutually supportive relationship between a business and a school
or school district in which the partners commit themselves to specific goals and activities intended
to benefit students and schools. In most cases, partnering is a win-win situation for all involved
parties. In addition to improving the education experience, the business partners frequently will
realize benefits as well, such as enhanced goodwill and a stronger presence in the community.
As you read through this guide, one critical element to keep in mind is that school-business
relationships can have a powerful impact on the community. Community members and parents
should play a role in the development process, since the entire community ultimately benefits from
a successful partnership. Recognizing that schools are typically a focal point of every community,
community leaders should be engaged and supportive of partnerships that improve the education
experience. By focusing decisions about partnership activities at the local level, we can ensure the
maximum involvement and success.
This guide is the result of extensive research and personal interviews with individuals who have
experience creating, implementing and evaluating successful partnerships. Whether you are already
engaged in partnerships, or are embarking on your first partnership, this guide can provide valuable
insight on effectiv