School Business Partnerships
Facts about SBP
- 21st year of the Anchorage School Business Partnership Program in 2012.
- SBP started in 1991 as a department of the Anchorage School District.
- Program became a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization in February 1997.
- Board of Directors composed of ASD and business community reps.
- Elections held in March with 3-year term.
- Advisory Board and Honorary Board are non-voting representatives.
- Supported by the Anchorage School District and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.
- Financial support from ASD and business grants/sponsorships.
- Chamber’s role is to encourage to its membership to participate, publish articles in newsletter, provide a liaison on the board of directors, arrange partnership presentations at “Make It Monday” luncheons and promote all programs.
- All types of partnerships are in place, no parameters other than positive
- educational involvement. For profit, not-for profit, local, state and federal agencies, organizations, faith-based groups are involved.
- Partnerships are made official with a simple on-line agreement .
- Agreements are non-binding, should be reviewed annually and renewed biannually.
- New partnerships formed each month.
- Schools have partnerships are well as the district wide ASD partnerships that
- work with all or many schools.
- Secondary schools have SBP coordinators to create, maintain and nurture
- partnerships. Elementary principals handle partnerships are that level.
- Many middle schools offer School Business Partnership classes under the umbrella of the Career and Technology Education department.
- School Business Partnership classes follow an entrepreneurial model, a service learning model, a media literacy model or a combination of all.
- Currently over 500 partnerships. Over 375 businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies involved.
- 49,000+ students impacted.
- Host of the 2001 National Partners in Education Symposium.
- 2005-06 Winner of the Council for Corporate and School Partnerships “National School and Business Partnerships” award.
- Featured on the US Chamber of Commerce’s national website as a “Promising Practice."
Partnership Press newsletter distributed electronically in fall, winter, spring and summer.
- Best Practices publication produced and printed annually for End of Year
STAR Recognition Luncheon.
- Annual evaluation of partnerships done in May.
Our Goals - Develop quality partnerships for the benefit of all Anchorage School District students and staff; foster positive working relationships with businesses; assist in employability and work force development; build bridges of understanding between educational institution and the community leading to better citizens and employees.
|Award winning organization
Anchorage School Business Partnerships was named a 2005-06 winner of the National School and Busines Partnerships Award.