Publicize the Program
An important component of getting started is ensuring your district can make sure all key stakeholders are aware of the success mentor program and how it will benefit students in the district. A well-publicized program is more likely to attract mentors, secure support from school staff, enlist participation from families and receive approval from district decision makers.
A new data policy in Baltimore provides community partners who work with and on behalf of the school system an avenue for data sharing. The May 2016 policy covers all data held by the Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) for students and personnel, such as student achievement, student demographics, school climate, attendance, absenteeism and curriculum. The policy provides guidelines to protect privacy and ensures that data sharing agreements follow the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). BCPS established a data sharing agreement that includes criteria for accessing personally identifiable data, and outlines procedures for data sharing with community partners, researchers, and vendors. The agreement includes a step-by-step process for the district when a data-sharing request is received.