VBCPS school-community partnerships highlighted in VASCD publication

In an article published in the fall 2016 issue of Virginia Educational Leadership, Meghan Raftery, coordinator of school/community partnerships for Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), discusses the value of Reciprocal Experiences (Rxs).

“Reciprocal Experiences (Rxs) are mutually-beneficial partnerships between schools and community organizations which are completed during the school day and in the context of existing curriculum, providing equitable access to all students,” Raftery defined in the article.

Such collaboration leads to more meaningful and deeper learning for students while partnering organizations get to share their passions and expertise.


Raftery cites the partnership between Creeds Elementary School and the Military Aviation Museum as one example of a successful Rx. Fifth-graders helped the museum with promotional ideas to encourage more visitors, and the museum offered students and staff multiple opportunities to extend and enrich classroom instruction in math, science, social studies and language arts with authentic learning experiences at its airfield.

“We have found that when students know their work matters, they are more likely to persevere through difficult tasks and to see the relevance of the standards as connected to the larger problem,” wrote Raftery.

The article provides additional examples of VBCPS projects as well as common features of and guidance on how to plan successful Rxs.

To read Raftery’s complete article in the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s (VASCD) journal, visit publications.catstonepress.com/i/751683-fall-2016.

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