Principles of Good Practice
Overview: The purpose of partnerships among independent, private and public schools, as well as non-profit organizations serving the public good, is to enrich the journey toward fulfilling each institution’s mission and vision.
Hallmarks of healthy and transformative public-private partnerships include high levels of trust, commitment, and respect that drive synergistic teamwork, collaboration, and innovation in the education of children.
Principles of Good Practice:
- The fulfillment of an authentic community need or opportunity in which all partners both contribute to and benefit from shared learning experiences.
- Common goals and expectations for the partnership that are clearly articulated, preferably in writing, and communicated.
- Trusting relationships that are intentionally forged, with an awareness of each partner’s historical role within the larger community.
- Team-based and shared leadership that fosters the sustainability of collaborations;
- Community-wide awareness and sponsorship of partnership activities, along with necessary resources and engaged leadership to enable effective, sustainable public-private collaborations.
- Transparent and regular communication among partnership organizations; and
- A common framework for partners to assess the outcomes and activities relating to the partnership.
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