Upcoming Events


Community Schools and Collective Impact

Please join PHENND’s K-16 Partnership Network for the fourth University Partners meeting of the year.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:30-5:00 PM at the School District of Philadelphia 440 N. Broad Street, Room 1075

We will hear from Jessica Strauss, Executive Director of Baltimore’s Alliance for Community Teachers and Schools (ACTS).

ACTS’ work revolves around the following key concepts: Community Teachers - educational leaders who skillfully nurture the growth of academic identity Community Schools - communities where we collaborate to be sure that children thrive and grow Communities of Practice - shaping collaborative work to solve problems and transform our world

ACTS is also the organizational home of CUE, the Consortium for Urban Education. Under CUE, area institutions of higher education have come together with Baltimore City Schools to advance the development and implementation of productive partnerships that benefit children. ACTS serves as the convener and facilitative intermediary for the Consortium, providing a structure, managing reliable communications, shaping and refining content, and advancing the mission. Members work in a set of content-focused work groups to advance teaching and learning, student support services, family and community engagement, and academically-based community service. Additionally, the CUE collaborates with other city organizations to connect interested members to existing conversations and groups.

We will also hear preliminary research findings on Community Schools in Philadelphia from Amelia D'Angelo, Katie Englander and Eliana Machefsky, from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. They will present on the successes and challenges of efforts to transform neighborhood schools in Philadelphia into community schools via the PCAPS’ community schools campaign. Through a comparative study of similar efforts in other cities, their goal is to determine which practices and strategies would help strengthen PCAPS’ community schools campaign as it moves forward.

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDJqbU5Qd055VzhoLUxGdHp4bnBmdnc6MA#gid=0


25th Anniversary PHENND Conference - RESCHEDULED!

Registration has re-opened for the 25th Anniversary PHENND Conference! The conference has been rescheduled to April 24-25, 2014 and will take place at the University of Pennsylvania.

The theme will be "Anchor Institutions: A Regional Approach" and will draw participants from around the country.

  • Multi-Anchor partnerships for education
  • Local Procurement
  • Multi-Anchor partnerships for Community-Based Research
  • Employer Assisted Housing
  • Multi-Anchor partnerships for Health
  • PILOTs & SILOTs - Making the Case & Documenting Engagement on a City-Wide Scale
  • The Anchor Institution Dashboard
  • Anchor Institutions Working Together to Promote College Access

REVISED DRAFT AGENDA: We are still making minor adjustments, but the document here is the latest agenda.

Register today!

Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that this year's keynote will be Lillian Kuri, Program Director for Architecture, Urban Design and Sustainable Development at the Cleveland Foundation. The Cleveland Foundation is a driving force behind the Greater University Circle Initiative, which you can learn more about here: http://www.clevelandfoundation.org/?yt=NDazrebWELg

Lillian Kuri is currently the Program Director for Architecture, Urban Design and Sustainable Development at the Cleveland Foundation. The Cleveland Foundation is the oldest and one of the largest community foundations in the United States. The Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Greater Cleveland.

Lillian Kuri joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2005 as a consultant to develop a comprehensive strategy for one of the foundation’s priority initiatives: the revitalization of the Greater University Circle area – one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive anchor-based initiatives – involving cross cutting issues such as transportation, mixed-use development, housing assistance, education, sustainability, community wealth, and economic inclusion. This initiative includes a path-breaking and innovative “buy-local” model of inclusive economic development and job creation. The strategy includes supporting local businesses though supply chain attraction and retention initiatives in the Health Tech Corridor and “growing Cleveland’s own businesses” through the “employee owned” Evergreen Cooperative Initiative. The first to launch are the Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, Evergreen Energy Solutions and Green City Growers Cooperative – the largest urban food production greenhouse in the US.

Lillian also manages a new foundation initiative in partnership with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District related to NEORSD’s $3 billion, 25 year project to remove the combined sewer system, including new stormwater practices and green infrastructure. Lillian continues to work on foundation strategies for innovative uses of capital, energy efficiency, vacant land reutilization and local food.


VISTA positions - School-Based and School District-Based Community Partnerships Coordinators

Help Philadelphia communities support their under-resourced schools!

PHENND seeks eight full-time AmeriCorps*VISTAs, six of which will serve as school-based Community Partnership Coordinators, and two of which will work directly in the School District of Philadelphia.

About this project:

This is the second year of a three to five year AmeriCorps*VISTA project in which VISTAs will be placed in selected Philadelphia public schools and the School District of Philadelphia to help them manage, develop, and track external community partners (such as colleges and universities, nonprofits and community-based groups, and businesses).

Applications due by April 15, 2014.

Read the full announcement here:

http://updates.phennd.org/2014/03/vista-school-based-and-school-district-based-community-partnerships-coordinators-phennd/


VISTAs, School-Based and School District-Based Community Partnerships Coordinators

Help Philadelphia communities support their under-resourced schools!

PHENND seeks eight full-time AmeriCorps*VISTAs, six of which will serve as school-based Community Partnership Coordinators, and two of which will work directly in the School District of Philadelphia.

About this project:

This is the second year of a three to five year AmeriCorps*VISTA project in which VISTAs will be placed in selected Philadelphia public schools and the School District of Philadelphia to help them manage, develop, and track external community partners (such as colleges and universities, nonprofits and community-based groups, and businesses).

About the school-based positions:

The AmeriCorps*VISTAs sought for this coming year will coordinate and facilitate partnerships between their school and existing and/or potential outside community partners with the goal of integrating their services into the school’s schedule and meeting major school needs, thereby ensuring that these partnerships are mutually beneficial, sustainable and serving students effectively. The VISTAs will work directly with administrators and teachers to ensure strong communication between and among external partners and key school leadership.

For the 2014-15 school year, we will be placing VISTAs at:

  • Sayre High School
  • Kensington Health Sciences Academy
  • Kensington Creative and Performing Arts
  • Penn Treaty Middle/High School
  • W. D. Kelley School
  • Southwark Elementary

Read more at: http://updates.phennd.org/2014/03/vista-school-based-and-school-district-based-community-partnerships-coordinators-phennd/