Looking to start a partnership of your own? Want to move your partnership forward or develop new programs? Here we’ve gathered a selection of materials to help your congregation begin the journey of creating a partnership. Please note: many of our tools and resources emerge out of the Christian tradition, and use Christian language and imagery. They can be easily adapted to other religions and faith traditions, which we encourage. Please send your adaptations to us at, so we can circulate them and grow the network.

Preparing for Partnership

    • Best Practices Guide: One Church One School: Episcopal Diocese of Dallas
      A short, accessible ‘How-To’ guide for starting a school partnership. Includes information on relationship building, separation of Church and State, and Safe Church guidelines.
    • Boston Public Schools and Faith-Based Institutions, Sharing a Commitment to Help All Children Reach Their Fullest Potential: Boston Public Schools, Office of Community Engagement and Circle of Promise PDF
      A partnership building guide-book designed from empirical surveys of faith based partnerships across Boston. This guide utilizes actual data to construct step-by-step instructions on building effective partnerships with schools.
  • 2014 National Conference Keynote Address: Michael Sarbanes PDF
    A moving speech about how united communities can reimagine schools and redefine justice for all children.

Forming the Team at your Churc

    • Read a book together and set a time for a discussion group. We highly recommend the books in the sidebar.
    • Create personal spiritual or theological reflections on the importance of partnership work. For guidance read this example by Strategy Leadership Team member The Rev Benjamin P Campbell. PDF
    • Review the statistics in Boston’s guide and research your local data.

How to:

      • Tell Your Story: Sharing Your Story
        By: Melodie Woerman, Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. PDF
        Created for AOC – guidance on marketing and sharing your partnerships news and stories with a wider audience.
      • Conduct a justice-oriented training about education inequity: School Inequality, Experiential Education Training
        By: Jennie Msall and Meg McDermott, St. Stephen’s Youth Programs.
        Participant Handout PDF — Faciliator Curriculum Guide PDF
        Experiential learning activity designed to spark awareness and discussion about the roots of school inequality, student performance, and social justice in schools.