School Community Partnership Summit

Magnuson Park Hangar, Seattle, WA

October 17, 2019

The City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is excited to see you tomorrow at the School Community Partnership Summit. The Summit is a networking event for K-12 public school leaders and community partners who provide services and programming to K-12 youth (community-based organizations, independent contracts, indigenous, cultural, immigrant, and/or refugee-led organizations, and teaching artists.)

Transportation & Parking

The event will take place at the Magnuson Park Hangar, 6310 NE 74th St, Seattle WA 98115. Please allow yourself 10-15 minutes to secure parking and walk to the event entrance.

Weather and Dress Code

The forecast does call for rain and wind tomorrow. While the event is indoors, two of our breakout rooms require attendees to walk outside briefly. Please dress for comfort—and the weather!

This is also an opportunity to represent your school, organization, or program by rocking any branded swag (t-shirts, name badges, etc.) you may have. If you have business cards, do bring them!

Event Agenda, Networking and Workshops

The final event program and workshop descriptions are attached to this email, as well as accessible on the event website and event app. All attendees will be together for the morning welcome/panel as well as Session A. For Sessions B, C, and D, attendees will choose to attend either a networking breakout session or a workshop.

If you registered with a team, be prepared to split up! We ask that for the morning session, only one person per team sit at a table. This will enable your schools/organization/program to meet more people. Consider identifying one staff person to represent your organization or program in the networking rooms while others attend workshops to bring critical information back.

Prepare for Networking

There will be opportunities for one-on-one and group networking throughout the event. Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • Personal Introduction: Share your name, racial identify, preferred gender pronouns, the school/organization/program you represent, and your role.
  • Goals: What are the goals and priorities of your school/organization/program? Briefly describe your school culture and/or program model. What type of partnerships are you currently looking for with a school (e.g., to offer field trips, to collaborate on school-day instruction, or to lead an afterschool or summer program)
  • Funding: Talking about money can be difficult, but it’s important that we enter conversations about partnerships with clear expectations around funding. Be prepared to share your school/organization/program funding context at a high level. For example, “We have an identified funding source for new partnerships” or “We do not have funding currently, but are interested in working collaboratively on grant opportunities.
  • School partner coordination model: Who coordinates partnerships currently at your school/program/organization? What does the partnership infrastructure look like (consider: data sharing, transportation services, recruitment, promotion of services, collaborationwith teachers, etc.)?
  • Quality improvement:What continuous improvement practices do you (everyone—schools, partners, etc.) put in place in your partnerships to ensure you’re working together to improve outcomes?

Download the Whova App!

DEEL is using the Whova App to enhance the networking potential of this event. If you haven’t already, download the app by searching “Whova” in your app store. If prompted to enter an access code, use: SCPS2019. The app will give you access to the event agenda, workshop descriptions, QR code to exchange contact information with attendees, and more.

Resource Table

Schools, organizations, and programs will not have their own resource tables at this event. However, if you would like to bring brochures, flyers, or other hard copy materials to distribute, we will have two empty tables available for you to leave these documents for attendees to take throughout the day.

Partnership Resources

Establishing new partnerships can feel both exciting and scary! Fortunately, the Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) have developed a suite of resources to help prepare community partners and schools for conversations about this. To help prepare for the event, consider checking out some of these worksheets:

Questions & Social Media 

Reach us with any questions and affirmations of excitement on social media using the hashtag #SCPS2019.  Throughout tomorrow, we also encourage you to tag our Facebook page (@SeattleDEEL) and our Twitter feed (@SeattleDEEL) using the hashtag.


We look forward to seeing you at the Summit!

We are excited to use Whova as our event platform. Attendees please download Whova event app.

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