Partnerships

How many schools expect their partners from the community to listen to their students? Is it part of your agreements that any partnerships coming into your schools must make time to focus group and have genuine conversations with kids? Do you allow your partners to do things for kids as opposed to with kids? Do you have built in processes for empathy to sit at the heart of your partnership? In too many places, partnerships lack any sense of a symbiotic relationship with the students that they serve. Does this lack of relationship create a situation where we are truly "Helping Without Hurting"? As we begin to wrap more and more resources and experts around our schools, we need to continue to make sure that we are building purposeful partnership that can sustain and grow a healthy school culture in the making.