Business & Education Partnerships
Business and education partnerships are cooperative relationships between schools and local businesses that are formed for a variety of reasons. Originally started as one-to-one relationships between a single business and a single school, business and education partnerships have expanded to include multi-agency collaborations (Lankard, 1995, p. 1).
Partnerships may follow any of the following three processes:
Business and education partnerships vary depending on the needs and purposes they are trying to fulfill. Lankard (1995, pp. 1-2) described three types of partnerships:
"Business and education partnership programs can encompass a wide variety of activities including staff development, curriculum development, policy development, instructional development, guidance, mentoring, tutoring, incentives and awards" (The Council for Corporate and School Partnerships, 2004, p. 2). Business and education partnerships fall into four main categories (Lankard, 1995, pp. 3-5):
Business and education partnerships benefit both partners in the following ways (National Association of Partners in Education, 2000, cited in The Council for Corporate and School Partnerships, 2002, p. 8):
"Human Capital Development
In 2000, nearly 70% of all school districts reportedly engaged in some form of business partnership – an increase of 35% since 1990 (National Association of Partners in Education, Inc., 2000, cited in The Council for Corporate and School Partnerships, 2002, p. 4). It is anticipated that the number of business-education partnerships will continue to grow.
Lankard, B.A. (1995). Business-education partnerships. (ERIC Digest No. 156). Columbus, OH: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Career and Vocational Education. Available at http://www.ericdigests.org/1996-1/business.htm
The Council for Corporate and School Partnerships. (2002, September). Guiding principles for business and school partnerships. Available at http://www.project10.info/files/School-BusinessGuidingPrinciples.pdf
The Council for Corporate and School Partnerships. (2004, February). A how-to guide for school-business partnerships. Available at http://www.project10.info/files/School-BusinessHowtoGuide.pdf
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Business/Education Partnership Forum
This Web site contains information for "education and business leaders interested in forming effective community/school partnerships." Its Web site contains "a directory of resources, a list of organizations active in the field, and regular updates of news and announcements through its free monthly e-newsletter."
The Council for Corporate and School Partnerships
CCSP was founded by the Coca-Cola Company in 2001 to "serve as a forum for the exchange of information, expertise, and ideas to ensure that partnerships between businesses and schools achieve their full potential for meeting key educational objectives." Its Web site contains a number of resources including a how-to guide and guiding principles. Login required.
A Business-Community (ABC) School Program
In 2006 the Florida Legislature created A Business-Community (ABC) School Program "to encourage the formation of partnerships between business and education, to reduce school and classroom overcrowding throughout the state, to offset the high costs of educational facilities construction, and to use due diligence and sound business practices in using available educational space." ABC Schools offer instruction to students from kindergarten through third grade at a business site. "The school board provides the appropriate instructional, support, and administrative staff and textbooks, materials, and supplies and the host business provides the appropriate types of space for operating the school."
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