Strong partnerships with schools and community organizations are instrumental to our ability to reach children with enriching science and math programs and field trips. RESET has partnerships with Washington, DC area elementary schools, Pre-Kindergarten centers, middle schools and community organizations. These include schools in Washington, DC; Montgomery, Prince Georges and Anne Arundel counties in Maryland; and Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties in Virginia. Community organization partners include family service providers, science clubs and the Girl Scouts of America in Montgomery County, MD and Fairfax, Loudoun and Alexandria in Virginia.
New RESET school partnerships are sometimes initiated when a volunteer has a preference for working at a specific school, neighborhood, or jurisdiction. In that case, RESET reaches out to establish a connection with a school. Others result from a teacher who contacts RESET, expressing interest in having programs at her or his school. After obtaining a statement of support from the Principal, RESET seeks to find and place volunteers at those schools.
Educators learn about RESET from their colleagues who have experienced programs in their schools and recommend them to others. Other principals and teachers discover RESET through our web and social media sites.
RESET enters into a Memorandum of Agreement with each school that spells out partnership responsibilities. These include provisions relating to planning, scheduling and implementing RESET programs; coordination among volunteers, teachers and RESET staff; and teacher and student program assessments. A sample agreement:
Community organizations find RESET through on-line searches for nonprofits that support STEM in the Washington DC area and through connections with other groups that have had RESET programs. After agreeing to establish a partnership, RESET then looks for volunteers who can accommodate the organization’s scheduling needs, often on weekends or in late afternoons on school days.