How do I become a Business Partner?The school system welcomes and encourages organizations to partner with schools to support student outcomes. Organizations desiring to establish partnerships with local schools must first seek approval from the local school principal. Working collaboratively, the organization and local school principal must design the parameters of the partnership and establish goals. Each local school partnership should include:Partnership goals for the school and partner organizationResources to be provided by the organization and the schoolHow the partnership supports school strategic plan initiativesA completed Annual Partnership Agreement which includes the signatures of the principal and partner representativeIn Fulton, partnerships have three distinct areas:Partners In Education (which can include mentors, guest speakers, volunteers, etc.)Education Funders (which may include Teacher/Staff Appreciation, materials for school clubs)BoostersTo learn more about each of these areas, and to see Best Practices and additional information, click the below links: FCS Partnerships General InformationOrganizations Seeking to Establish PartnershipsAnnual Partnership AgreementWhen your business, civic group or faith organization partners with the district, a school or a classroom, your contributions of time, talent or financial support help Fulton County Schools achieve its goal to ensure all students are successful. For questions specific to partnerships in Fulton, contact Daphne Ellison, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information on how you can get involved.Partnership Versus DonationThere is a significant difference between a donation and a partnership. A donation is a financial transaction between a company and an education organization, often one-time in nature, that may require some degree of reporting on the part of the education partner.A partnership, on the other hand, has clearly shared and defined visions, goals and outcomes that build upon each other's strengths and strengthen each other's weaknesses. It can be challenging at times because it involves sustaining personal relationships as the work becomes increasingly complex and staff changes occur. Business PartnersConnecting employees with meaningful volunteer opportunities has been shown to help companies improve their workers' leadership skills, job satisfaction and even retention. Local businesses find creative ways to contribute to our Fulton County Schools each year that include: Job shadow, internship and apprenticeship opportunitiesSchool partnerships to help a principal and staff meet school and student needsSponsorship of school and district eventsJudging science, business, robotics and other student projects for competitionSharing their employees' expertise as research project mentors, club advisers and class speakersDonating equipment to science labs, art studios, and other academic areasContributing to the purchase of musical instruments for band, orchestra and choral programsMentoring students through school and community organizationsEngaging teachers in summer fellowships in the workplace to help them connect classroom learning with real-world applicationsFCS welcomes business partnerships that accomplish the following:Help us in our essential work to improve teaching and learning and create more relevant educational opportunities for young peopleAddress a need aligned to a school strategic plan, program or departmentAllow our teachers opportunities to grow professionallyHelp our district connect the future workforce with excellent career opportunities Partner with us and help prepare students to graduate ready to pursue and succeed on their chosen paths!