The Network for Youth Success developed the School Community Partnerships Guidebook for principals and other school leaders considering implementing Expanded Learning Time (ELT) programs. It contains resources, suggested models and issues to consider when collaborating with community partners to maximize the enrichment opportunities ELTs create.
Community organizations can play a crucial role in bringing resources and expertise to schools, complementing and supplementing what the rest of the school day delivers. For schools looking to increase student achievement despite challenging circumstances, a high-quality, thoughtfully designed partnership may bring an infusion of new energy, new ideas, and new resources into your work of changing students’ lives.
This guidebook also supports effective engagement of parents and students from the earliest stages of planning to help ensure that the additional time is seen as an opportunity to meet families’ needs.
Network for Youth Success’ guidebook reflects the thoughtful contributions of many experienced providers of ELT, community schools, and afterschool programs and represents best practices from the field and from research on afterschool and ELT.