ISD 709 School-Community Partnerships

The Duluth community has long a history of partnership with its schools. Nearly 2,000 citizens from all walks of life indicated support for growing and enriching these partnerships during the Think Kids initiative, a community-wide conversation about education.  Duluth citizens place collaboration between schools and community high in values, beliefs, and priorities.

Through a collaborative process involving community members and ISD 709 staff, supported with funding from the MN Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, an Operations Manual was created to help guide community organizations, businesses and schools in developing these important partnerships. 

The manual, and the video "Addressing Health Equity through School-Community Partnerships," are available below.

School - Community Partnerships Manual, ISD 709

Video:  Addressing Health Equity Through School-Community Partnerships


Financial support for this manual was made possible through the Minnesota Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation.

Community partners who contributed time and material include:  Community Action Duluth, United Way of Greater Duluth, Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative, Lutheran Social Services, Men as Peacemakers, and the Valley Youth Centers.

Many ISD 709 staff provided guidance including Superintendent Bill Gronseth, Assistant Superintendent Ed Crawford, Homeless Education Coordinator Deb Wagner, Community Education Director Jay Roesler, and a number of principals.

First production: October 2013

This manual is a work in progress.  It will evolve as schools, families and communities work together to ensure equitable opportunities for success in school and life for all our children.