Intermediary / school developer
In some instances, a fourth partner, such as an intermediary or school development organization, may play an important role in a P-TECH school. Intermediaries may be non-profit organizations or may be affiliated with a state- or district-wide effort to establish a new type of school.
Typically, intermediaries have expertise in designing school models and supporting the start-up process. They coach the partner organizations through the initial stages of school planning. They also share insights into the specific elements of the model.
In addition, intermediaries often provide professional development for school staff, and facilitate the exchange of resources and best practices across a group of schools that share the same goals. These organizations advocate for policies and funding to support the schools. Some intermediaries also sponsor research into the efficacy of the school model and promote the model to other districts and regions.