High-quality expanded learning opportunities are rooted in strong school/community partnerships. These relationships allow partners to work together to align goals and activities, share student-level data and maximize resources. These tools describe ways to develop strong partnerships among schools, community-based organizations and school districts.

Top Ten Ways to Build School and Community Partnerships

In this video, partners of the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS) describe ten innovative and effective ways for schools and community organizations to build strong partnerships that support high-quality expanded learning.

Data-Sharing: Federal Rules and Best Practices to Improve Out-of-School-Time Programs and Student Outcomes

In this paper, the Partnership for Children and Youth reviews the importance of data-sharing across school systems and the expanded learning community and offers strategies and case studies describing how data-sharing can work within the parameters of FERPA and other privacy laws.

Time Well Spent

In this paper, the Partnership for Children and Youth features recommendations based on school district strategies to help students get the most from after-school and expanded learning programs. The recommendations stem from a literature review, interviews with state and national experts, and school district site visits.

Why Expanded Learning Opportunities?

In this video, The Providence After School Alliance showcases their high school work. The video focuses on how partnerships between PASA, the Providence Public School District and community-based organizations support credit-bearing ELOs.

Boston Learns Together: Four Strategies for Closing Boston's Opportunity Gap

In these briefs, Boston After School and Beyond unveils four key strategies to close the opportunity gap: 1) summer learning for all; 2) skills for success (the “achieve, connect, thrive” framework); 3) innovative ways to learn and earn; and 4) strategic partnerships.

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