Partnership & Planning Tools

Readings, protocols and other resources to jump start conversations between new partners.

Start with Why

Simon Sinek discusses the principle behind every successful person and business. A simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?"

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Affinity Mapping Protocol

This activity invites participants to coordinate and use inductive reasoning to find and name clusters of meaning—it is a great way for a new team to build consensus about a new shared project or idea.

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Four Corners and a Diamond Protocol

This activity helps team members to get to know each other better and to see connections between their personal and professional identities.

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Shared Inquiry: A Means to Building Sustainable Partnerships between Organizations

In this 850 word story, you'll learn about the Boise Intersection team's experiences with developing a sustainable partnership based on mutual values and shared inquiries. Question prompts will help you and your partner(s) start a dialogue and move your partnership forward.

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The 95% Solution

"School is not where most Americans learn most of their science." This article is great opportunity for formal and informal educators to talk together about the opportunities for learning science outside of school.

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Picture Map

A tool used by practitioners to reflect on their learning and thinking about a certain event. By creating a map of their process using pictures, the picture map is a nice closing activity to get people talking about a shared experience.

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A protocol designed to allow groups to offer support in improving on a piece of work in progress.

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Working at the Intersections of Formal and Informal Science and Literacy Education

In this article, we invite you to expand your vision of what it means to work at the intersections of formal and informal science and literacy education by describing how educators have collaborated to create programs that blend science and literacy in schools, in museums, and across these two spaces.

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“There’s No Place Like Home” Edward Soja

Ed Soja describes the theory of the third space as a socially produced space that defies geography where "everything comes together." The third space combines both the concrete (first) and imagined (second) to create a virtual area of learning. This idea of third space can help teams working at the intersections of two very different educational spaces think about how, where, and why they might come together.

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