IN-School Community Partnerships that Work


NPO Conversation on Tuesday, May 14 at GMA

Children thrive in families, schools, communities, and systems that support their healthy development and learning. As staff to grantmakers in education, we are interested in learning more about strong school community partnerships. We are particularly interested in programs that are embedded in public schools.

GMA is extending a lunch invitation to directors of nonprofit organizations in the Greater Boston region that work in partnership with the public schools to meet students’ needs.

A 2010 report from the Harvard Family Research Project lists an inter-related set of features characteristic of partnerships that work*. Do these ring true to you?

  • A shared vision
  • Staff relationships built at multiple levels in each organization
  • Role clarity among blended staff members
  • Data-sharing

Our informal conversation will be guided by several additional questions, including:

  • What is your model for building strong in-school partnerships?
  • How does your program adapt to individual school’s priorities, strengths, and needs? To what extent does data drive program changes?
  • How do you measure student success?
  • If you could go back in time, what would you have done differently?

GMA’s Chaletta Huertas will moderate the discussion which is open to the Executive Director or Program Director of a local nonprofit partnering with schools to effectively support students. Come share your experiences, your ideas, and your own questions.


Space is limited; registration is required for this NPO Conversation.

  • At GMA’s office on the 5th floor at 2 Liberty Square (entrance on Kilby at Milk Street)
  • On Tuesday, May 14 from 12n to 1:30pm
  • Lunch will be provided; conversation starts right away
Credit: Laurie Sullivan, 2012; Flickr

To register, please contact Judy Sneath, by May 7.

GMA’s NPO Conversation on in-school community partnerships is one of an annual 3-part series;  for other topics and dates click here.


Thank you for your interest.