A partnership model is one way to plan, manage, and/or improve a summer program. Partnering can serve different functions – it can increase programmatic capacity, increase administrative efficiency, serve as a program delivery model, or serve as a way for various community stakeholders to jointly pursue common goals.
The Boston Summer Learning Community brings together non-profit organizations, schools, researchers, and philanthropy to plan for summer year-round. The Community featured nearly 80 summer sites in 2015, with a variety of program models, jointly pursuing three goals: increasing student access to summer learning, improving the quality of programs, and scaling and sustaining best practices. All sites define, implement, and measure program quality consistently – implementing a common set of program quality measurement tools during summer to pursue continuous improvement together. Based on shared data, sites work together year round to identify strengths, share best practices, and jointly prepare for the ensuing summer. This focus on program quality sets the conditions for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and experiences for success through summer programming.
The Summer Learning Project is the flagship initiative of the Summer Learning Community; it represents 16 of the 79 total sites. Since 2010, the Summer Learning Project utilizes a partnership delivery model to manage and implement programming. Community non-profit staff and certified academic teachers co-develop, co-manage, and co-deliver academic and enrichment experiences to high-need students. This approach weds the best of youth development with top-notch academic instruction.
Boston’s citywide approach to summer learning is built upon partnership.
Best Practices for Cultivating Summer Learning Partnerships:
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Looking to partner with another organization or facilitate a citywide coalition? An MOU is an effective way of outlining goals and roles/responsibilities in writing to ensure success.
Program Work Plans
Your partnership has ambitious goals. Put your plan into action through a formal work plan format, helping practitioners apply your partnership vision into a daily reality on site.
Centralized Consent Form
When your partnership involves serving students (directly or indirectly), oftentimes parental/guardian consent is necessary. Here are some tips for developing your partnership’s consent form.
Partnershipships Master Document – this includes all the material presented on this website and resources referenced.Updated: Jan 30, 2016