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This guidebook is designed to assist schools and businesses in developing and implementing business-education partnerships. Examples of current successful partnerships are presented. The partnership between Kraft, Inc. and Edison Middle School is an example of partnerships that use employee mentors in the classroom. The Choices program, which many schools and businesses are involved in, utilizes company workers by bringing them into schools to discuss the importance of careful curriculum selection. A step-by-step procedure to develop meaningful partnerships is detailed; listed are 11 recommendations to aide in the development of partnerships. Sample board polices and action plans are provided, and finally, contact persons who are currently involved in successful business-education partnerships are listed. The Springfield School District lists six advantages of partnerships for businesses; for example, partnerships often enhance the corporate image. Also listed are four advantages for schools involved in partnerships, such as improved student attitude and attendance. The National Alliance of Business outlines six levels of business involvement in schools ranging from collaboration on policy matters to participation by employees in classrooms. Contains 17 references. (KDP)

Descriptors: Cooperative Education, Cooperative Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Work Experience Programs

Autor: Hall, Robert F.; And Others


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