Community Partnerships

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    The West Linn-Wilsonville School District Community Partnerships Program enriches K-12 curriculum by linking teachers and students with the world outside of the classroom.

    It helps answer the perennial student questions:

    "Why are we learning this?"

    "What good will come of this learning?"

    Student speaks with community partners

     

     


  • How the Program Works
    Some partnerships are simple one-time, one-class/school visits. Others involve periodic or regular visits to classrooms/schools or even semester or academic year-long collaborative ventures. Community partners may host individual students at their work place for career exploration. Or, they may host a class field trip to demonstrate how classroom subject matter is directly applied in their jobs or hobbies.

    • Some partnerships are simple one-time, one-class/school visits. Others involve periodic or regular visits to classrooms/schools or even semester or academic year-long collaborative ventures.
    • Community partners may host individual students at their work place for work based learning/youth internships. Or, they may host a class field trip to demonstrate how classroom subject matter is directly applied in their jobs or hobbies. Click here to learn more about the Internship Pathways program.
    • Community Partnerships refers reading and academic volunteers to district schools for year-long weekly one-on-one mentoring with students in grades 1-12.
    • Anyone can suggest a partnership and lend a hand in forming them.
       
  • Program Awards & Recognition
    The West Linn-Wilsonville School District Community Partnerships Program has received the following awards and recognition:

    • 1997 Business Education Compact School District Achievement Award (for best innovative curriculum enrichment volunteer program in the Portland-Northwest Oregon-Southern Washington Region)
    • 2002 Business Education Compact School District-Business Award (shared with Mentor Graphics as best school-business collaborative venture program in the Portland-Northwest Oregon-Southern Washington Region)
    • US Department of Education Northwest Region "Innovative Practices in Education" recognition
    • Hundreds of articles have been published in The Oregonian, West Linn Tidings, and Wilsonville Spokesman newspapers about Community Partnerships events and programs
    • Featured in several of Portland's KATU-TV school news broadcasts
    • Many Partnerships Programs have been filmed for local access TV to share with the entire community
    • Program coordinator has been a featured speaker at several regional educational curriculum enrichment conferences and school-business cooperation seminars