Leading a Partnership

Partnership leaders at every stage need new ideas and support. This page offers a carefully curated collection of excellent links from professional sources to help active partnership leaders learn, grow, and manage the day-to-day.


Recruiting Ideas

Fun ideas for recruiting volunteers for work in schools from PTO Today.

Management Tips

Good tips for managing & retaining volunteers for child-centered ministries from Children Desiring God,


Making the Ask

The Anatomy of an Ask: An interactive graphic guide to asking for donationsfrom Non-Profit Hub

Creative Fundraisers

We love these 52 fun & unique ideas for fundraisers. Spelling bee anyone?


Tips for Tutors

What makes an excellent tutor? Patience, encouragement, and determination for sure – but there’s also some important communication principles that will go a long way. Get guidance from a pro at Edutopia.

In the Classroom

Volunteering in a classroom is one of the most hands-on and transformative experiences partnership participants can have. Classroom volunteers have a lot to offer students, teachers, and administrators but sometimes it can be hard to navigate the best way to engage. Here’s a handy guide from GreatSchools.org to help anyone working in a classroom find their niche.

Afterschool & Out-of-School Time

If your congregation runs an afterschool, summer, or other out-of-school time program the National Center for Quality Afterschool has a comprehensive and engaging training kit that offers expertise for even the most experienced leaders.

Read to Succeed

If your program has a focus on reading and literacy, this list of reading activities from the folks at Reading is Fundamental is a resource you’ll return to again and again.


Take Action

Is your partnership interested in getting started  in the world of public school advocacy? This guide from the National Association of School Boards has excellent information about forming advocacy groups, contacting your legislators, contacting the media, and more.

Engage Your Neighborhood

An important piece of the advocacy puzzle is community organizing and engagement. This series of worksheets from The Harwood Institute will help your partnership turn outward toward your community to begin mobilizing for advocacy.

Know the Data

To grow as an advocate or advocacy coalition you need a strong handle on data that supports your positions. The Schott Foundation for Public Education has done an excellent job collecting and reporting on public education data from all over the country and is a good place to start your research.

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