The Partnership Process
MAPPING THE JOURNEY
Each phase of the partnership process involves close collaboration, and every school and university has different needs. Here’s how we go about it:
Align Vision and Goals
We want to get to know you, your program, vision for growth, and where Dragons fits in to your goals.
Determine Scope & Sequence
No two global education programs are exactly alike—so no two partnerships are either.
Phase I: Align Vision and Goals
Your initial consultation consists of one or more personal meetings or video calls with our Director of Partnership Programming, Simon Hart. Together, we’ll discuss your vision for global programs at your school and the challenges you’re currently facing. Then, we’ll discuss where Dragons tools, mission, and pedagogy can fit into your goals and begin to imagine how our collaborative story might play out.
Establish short and long-term goals
Based on our initial conversations, we work to create a set of short, medium, and long-term goals and desired outcomes for your global programs, which will guide our blossoming partnership as it grows.
Phase II: Determine Scope & Sequence
Assess Your Needs
- Tier 1: 1-2 years of collaboration on a single student experience nested within an already well-established global program. This is the “icing on the cake” version of our work with schools and universities who already have well-dialed systems for staff selection and training, program design, risk management, and advanced practices in the ethics of community engagement.
- Tier 2: 3+ years of collaboration focused on shifting towards more empowered, immersive, experiential, and transformative global programming. Tier two often entails a “remodel” of an existing global program that needs to be revamped or restructured. Tier 2 also focuses on shifting the approach to teaching and learning among faculty and parent communities.
- Tier 3: 5+ years of collaboration to build and nurture a culture of ethical transformative global engagement from the ground up. This process requires ongoing capacity building, training, and student programming. Tier 3 is right for schools that are excited to use the Dragons platform as a foundation for the development of authentic, challenging, and deeply rewarding programming. (HIES, Princeton University, Tufts University, Menlo Abroad, Riverdale Country Day are some examples of this).
- A la Carte: Dip your toes in the Dragons water, one offering at a time. Teacher trainings, guest speakers, and online learning are all available as single offerings and can often serve as a test drive of Dragons Partnerships work.
Customize Your Partnership
Based on your goals and choice of tier, Dragons proposes a progression of trainings, services, and programs we feel will best support your global education goals. Then together, we refine the proposal into a plan. Dragons services are fully customizable and collaborative—we encourage teamwork and creativity! Check out our menu of Partnership Offerings.
Phase III: Implementation
Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, Improvement
As we execute our partnership plan, we engage in a continuous cycle of check-ins, feedback, and improvements—both formal and informal—to make sure we are on the path to achieving your goals. We get to know each other better through each component of our collaboration. As we progress, we refine our strategy to ensure we’re getting closer to your vision of the perfect global program.