Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 3/7/2019 - 6:00 PM
Category: New Business and Reports to the Board
Type: Info
Subject: School, Business and Community Partnerships Overview and Education Foundation Report
Strategic Plan:
Objective 2.1 Family Engagement
ACPS will collaborate with parents and guardians in providing the high-quality services they need to be leaders in the education of their children. (ACYMP 4.1)
Objective 2.2 School Engagement
ACPS will create an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect to ensure effective communication in schools, enhanced engagement with families, and culturally responsive relationships. (ACYMP 4.4.1)
Objective 2.3 Community Engagement
ACPS will actively engage families, students, staff, and community members regarding school programs and activities, volunteer opportunities, and events.
Objective 2.4 Partnerships and Civic Engagement
ACPS will partner with external organizations to extend its services and programs, to encourage a sense of community ownership of our schools, and to support the development of the academic, social, physical, creative, and emotional needs of students. (ACYMP 2.3, 3.1)
Objective 2.5 Media and Public Outreach
ACPS will use a wide variety of media to reach out to the community on issues of importance to the people of Alexandria. (ACYMP 4.2.1)
Policy: KA - Goals for School-Community-Parent Relations
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable):
File Attachment:
190307_Memo_Overview_OSBCP_and_EducFound.pdf
190307_Presentation_OSBCP_and_EducFound.pdf
190307_OSBCP_Work_Plan.pdf
190307_US_DeptofEd_Dual_Capacity_Framework.pdf
190307_Job Descriptions_OSBCP.pdf
190307_ACPS Partnership_Agreement_Template.pdf
190307_Policy_IGBC-R.pdf
Agenda Item Summary: SUMMARY:

1. OVERVIEW OF THE OFFICE OF SCHOOL, BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
In alignment with ACPS Strategic 2020 Goal 2- Family and Community Engagement, the Office of School, Business and Community Partnerships have identified the following domains in order to support integrated partnerships:
• Family Engagement
• School Engagement
• Community Engagement
• Public Outreach
• Partnerships and Civic Engagement

Each of these domains are a critical piece of the educational ecosystem and by working collaboratively, the Office of School, Business and Community Partnerships can provide a comprehensive and best practices approach that is more efficient and effective in providing positive outcomes for the families, students and community in which we serve.


2. EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The 2016-17 school year brought renewed interest by ACPS senior staff in exploring the feasibility of creating an education foundation to support the school division. During that school year, the ACPS Superintendent requested that the Director of the Office of School, Business and Community Partnerships (OSBCP) explore this concept in more detail and provide feedback. The Director of OSBCP enlisted the assistance of two volunteers to provide background research on the topic as he met with selected community stakeholders to gauge interest in and support for such an effort.

In January 2018, Mr. John Porter was hired to assist with further research to include development of a timeline and business plan as warranted. Changes in school division leadership, coupled with the need to receive formal school board support, direction and approval, resulted in the decision to move the concept forward but at a slower strategic pace. This updated strategy included recognizing the essential step of board involvement resulting in the attached report and presentation of findings at the March 7th ACPS Board of Education Meeting.

Detailed information and updates regarding the purpose, alignment, and identified opportunities of the Office of School, Business, and Community Partnerships and the Education Foundation Memo are found in the attachments.
Background: 1. SCHOOL, BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
The Office of School, Business, and Community Partnerships was established in 2016 to effectively coordinate partnerships, community outreach, volunteerism and grant funding opportunities across departments/schools and between ACPS, businesses, and community groups. In alignment with ACPS Strategic 2020 Goal 2- Family and Community Engagement, the vision of bringing together these domains has helped support the ACPS mission that “Every Student Succeeds”.

2. EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The 2016-17 school year brought renewed interest by ACPS senior staff in exploring the feasibility of creating an education foundation to support the school division. During that school year, the ACPS Superintendent requested that the Director of the Office of School, Business and Community Partnerships (OSBCP) explore this concept in more detail and provide feedback. The Director of OSBCP enlisted the assistance of two volunteers to provide background research on the topic as he met with selected community stakeholders to gauge interest in and support for such an effort. In January 2018, Mr. John Porter was hired to assist with further research to include development of a timeline and business plan as warranted.
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATION : The Superintendent recommends that the School Board review the attached materials.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Gregory Hutchings - Superintendent