Use this toolkit to help build connections between agencies, families, businesses, and organizations. You can also use it as a planning tool with a student in concert with person-centered planning. The toolkit has examples, articles, templates, and checklists.
If you’re brand new to this kind of collaboration, start by developing a list of all community partners and service providers and their contact information. Identify a person at the high school to act as contact person for community partners and service providers. Tool: agency contact list tool
Explore the resources below for deeper understanding.
Create an interagency advisory group of school staff, families, community partners and service providers. Clearly articulate the roles and responsibilities of the group around communication methods, information sharing protocols, referral protocols, service and task responsibilities. Tool: agreement form templates
Nurture your collaboration. Create opportunities for partners to learn from each other using existing networks. Spread existing and new knowledge. Be responsive to partner desires to become involved in school policy and procedure development. Reflect and evaluate with partners about progress and celebrate achievements.
Clear and engaging information about cultural sensitivity from Community HealthCorps, an AmeriCorps project.
Detailed and evidence-based discussion of cultural and linguistic diversity (CLD) and implications for transition personnel. Somewhat heavy-going but worth the effort. Shrink your page width for easier reading: www.ncset.org/publications/essentialtools/diversity/partI.asp
Partnership Roles and Meeting Essentials
The Seven Norms of Collaboration helps to ensure productive conversation. Pick one of these to focus on at each meeting. More info: www.thinkingcollaborative.com/norms-collaboration-toolkit/
Sample agreement forms. One for working with an agency, three for working with employers.
Click on “essentials” under “For the Meeting” to see the essential ingredients needed for successful team meetings for interagency collaboration: www.claycountycollaborative.org/committees/IIIPwebsite/trainingmanualindex.asp
Connecting to Your Community
Interactive mapping tool to find federally supported youth programs in your community: youth.gov/map-my-community
Examples and strategies for fostering successful business and community partnerships: www.edutopia.org/article/community-business-partnerships-resources
Community-wide Issues and Evaluation
SOAR analysis is a positive, participative approach to strategy development that involves those who will impact AND those who will be impacted: www.atlantic.edu/about/board/documents/SOARfromSWOT.pdf
Quick starts on key activities in community work: ctb.ku.edu/en/toolkits
A Guide to Developing Collaborative School-Community-Business Partnerships (PDF, 31 pages, 2015) covers getting started, convening the partners, strategies for engaging key partners including families, and sustaining the partnerships.
Transition Teaming: 26 Strategies for Interagency Collaboration (book, 162 pages, 2014) provides a step-by-step process and concrete strategies.
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