School-Business Partnerships That Work

Schools and businesses are working together to benefit students, teachers, and entire communities. Successful partnerships can be found across the grades, in schools large and small….

In Cincinnati, Ohio, in Elgin Illinois, At Mountain Home Junior High School in Mountain Home, Idaho, at Doctors Inlet Elementary School in Middleburg, Florida…. five programs illustrate a wide range of ways in which schools and businesses have combined forces to benefit students, teachers, and entire communities. Any school leader who is not taking advantage of potential business partnerships in and surrounding their community is missing a tremendous opportunity -- an opportunity most businesses are eager to pursue.

"Most business people want to get involved because high school students are their future workforce," Weiner told Education World. To that end, Weiner and his staff have worked to develop a number of programs that aim to interest students in those companies' jobs, including one program with Boeing. 

"Boeing has an aging workforce and is eager to create working relationships with schools," said Weiner….

 "Most businesses would love to get involved if we would just reach out to them," said Tony Pallija. "The problem is that most of us don't have an avenue for getting together." 

All members of Education World's "Principal Files" Team contributed to this article:

  Laurance E. Anderson, principal, Gunther School, North Bellmore, New York

  Joe Corcoran, principal, Harriet Gifford Elementary School, Elgin, Illinois

  Larry Davis, principal, Doctors Inlet Elementary School, Middleburg, Florida

  Ernest Elliott, principal, Mountain Home Junior High School, Mountain Home, Idaho

  Dr. Patricia Green, principal, Cedar Heights Junior High School, Port Orchard, Washington

  Bonita Henderson, assistant principal, Central Fairmount School, Cincinnati, Ohio

  Kathryn House, principal, Sunny Hollow Elementary School, New Hope, Minnesota

  Nancy Jenkins, principal, Guin Foss Elementary School, Santa Ana, California

  Jill Massa, principal, Warden Elementary School, Warden, Washington

  Tony Pallija, principal, North Canton Hoover High School, North Canton, Ohio.

  Dr. Les Potter, principal, Silver Sands Middle School, Port Orange, Florida

  Teri Stokes, principal, Weatherly Heights Elementary, Huntsville, Alabama

  Allan J. Weiner, principal, Cleveland High School, Los Angeles, California

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