The Impact of People and Communities Working Together

Jan 17, 2019 1:00PM—6:00PM


Impact Hub San Francisco

Cost $300 members; ($450 non-members)

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Blake Kohn

Executive Director of the National Network of Schools in Partnership

Guybe Slangen

Director of Community Engagement at San Francisco Friends School


Great public-private school partnerships foster relationships that deepen student learning, advance our schools’ missions, and bring together our schools with our greater communities in meaningful ways. But how do these partnerships get built, nurtured, and sustained? What core concepts or approaches can help schools establish relationships that are reciprocal, sustainable, and authentic? What essential ingredients make these partnerships flourish so that all benefit? And what can be done when schools encounter obstacles or when these partnerships are not working?

By emphasizing promising practices as well as how to navigate potential pitfalls, this session will inform and inspire schools to move beyond just good intentions and towards meaningful impact for all.

The learning portion of our workshop will run from 1:00-5:00pm, with an optional happy hour from 5:00-6:00pm.


  • Examine a conceptual framework to help guide thinking and acting.
  • Explore key elements involved in making partnerships between schools and their greater communities thrive.
  • Share examples of schools around the country putting this theory into practice in innovative ways.
  • Reflect on their own school communities in collaboration and highlight both the challenges and the opportunities for this work.



Blake Kohn is the Executive Director of the National Network of Schools in Partnership. Prior to this appointment, she spent two years as the Program Manager for NNSP cultivating the membership, establishing its brand and advocating for collaboration and partnership amongst all schools. A passionate bi-lingual educator, Blake Kohn started her career as a high-school Spanish teacher. Blake continued teaching as she took on administrative leadership roles in the schools she served.

Guybe Slangen is the Director of Community Engagement at San Francisco Friends School, a K-8 Quaker school in the Mission District. He joined SFFS in 2009 from the Head-Royce School where he was the Upper School Dean of Students and taught ninth grade history. Prior to that he taught in independent schools in both Colorado and New York. At Friends his work centers around building and sustaining strong relationships between the school and the greater community, be it in the Mission or around the globe. He helped launch and currently serves on the board of Horizons at SF Friends School, a public-private partnership that supports low income students in the neighborhood.

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