Community Partnerships

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School and Community Partnership (SCP) Vision:

In collaboration with community partners and Seattle Public Schools leadership, the SCP Department ensures that the needs and strengths of every student are known and partner services are differentiated to support students’ academic and social-emotional growth, acceleration, and success.

To get an idea of the many programs and services available in Seattle and King County, visit our SPS community partner inventory and the King County Youth Program Directory.

To see the rich calendar of professional learning opportunities SCP and partners have jointly organized for community-based organizations, visit our Professional Development page.

SCP has three main areas of focus:

Align and Integrate Partner Services to Meet School and District Goals
Seattle has a wealth of extremely effective community partners. But not all students, schools and regions have the same access to community partners’ expertise and services. Through the creation of partnership tools, partnership models, and accountability structures we will better align and leverage partner supports to meet school and District goals and improve student outcomes.

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Improve Community Partnership Infrastructure and Data Systems

In order to fully implement Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and improve students’ academic and social/emotional outcomes we need to know all of the supports each student is receiving. This will require both refinement of our current student data management system and support to community partners in using student data to improve their programs, services and instructional practice.

Build the Capacity of District, School, and Partner Organization Staff to Collaboratively Meet the Needs of Students

In order to meet the first two department goals, professional learning opportunities need to be provided to both community partners and school staff responsible for supporting partnerships. Our department is committed to creating and offering supports that build the capacity of schools and community based organizations to effectively and authentically partner. In addition, we will build systems to better match schools and partners, to support principals to effectively select partners that will meet their students’ needs, and to support both schools and community based organizations to align services and work through challenges.

We periodically send out emails to our partners with updates and opportunities. If you would like to be added to this email list, email us at communitypartnerships@seattleschools.org.

Related Resources:
Alignment Initiative
SPS Summer Programs
Volunteering in the district
Donations
Family Engagement
Youth Program Directory
Data Access

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