Partnering With Us
The Department of Strategic Partnerships welcomes community members and groups to actively collaborate in mutually beneficial partnerships that meet common goals and accomplish together what one organization cannot do alone. In order to strengthen current partnerships and allow for a systematic process to create new partnerships we have developed policy, procedures and guidelines.
The process for establishing a partnership involves five steps. Depending upon the nature of the proposed partnership, Board review and approval of the partnership and its Memorandum of Agreement may be required. For more information, download our School-Community Partnership Guidelines, Policy and Procedures.
The Department of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation will then review your application. Inquiry Forms are reviewed on a monthly basis. You will be contacted by staff at the end of the month that you submitted the form regarding next steps.
Tools and Resources
School-Community Partnership Policy
The Board believes that families and the community are vital partners and, therefore, supports and invites opportunities to create and cultivate school-community partnerships.
School-Community Partnership Guidelines
Our guidelines define partnership and provide guiding principles to support us, together with community entities, in doing our best work.
All partnerships receive a designation as low, medium, or high-intensity. Our Partnerships Rubric is the tool used to determine intensity level. Depending on a partnership’s intensity level, it moves through a specific approval process.
Memorandum of Agreement Template
All partnerships are encouraged to develop a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) using our MOA template. Medium and high-intensity partnerships are required to use this template to articulate their shared purpose, roles and responsibilities and resource sharing.
We encourage all partnerships to engage in reflection to drive continuous improvement. Our self-assessment tool can be used by partnership teams to discuss strengths and areas for growth.
How to "Own" a Partnership
An Introduction for MMSD staff to learn about the value of school-community partnerships, understand the role and responsibilities of "partnership owners" and the supports provided by the Department of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation.
Partnerships Policy Summary
A Summary of the Board of Education Partnerships Policy.
Partnerships Report Template