PHENND K-16 June Institute

Posted by PHENND on April 24, 2017

2017 June institute

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Each year, PHENND’s K-16 Partnerships Network hosts a day long convening about university, school, and community partnerships. This year’s theme will be “PHENND goes to School.”  The institute will be a day of planning, reflection, and sharing of information on partnerships that take place in K-12 schools.

Date: June 12th, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: School District of Philadelphia, 440 N. Broad Street, 2nd Floor Auditorium

Updated Agenda:

Breakfast / Morning Announcements

9:00 Registration / Breakfast

9:30 Welcome / Opening Discussion

How can partnerships help to increase access to school breakfast? Featuring:

                Kathy Fisher, Policy Director, Coalition Against Hunger

                Steve Paul, Community Liaison, Office of Councilwoman Helen Gym

Partnership Highlight: Rebel Ventures, a youth-centered social enterprise supported by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania

Academic Block

10:15 Breakout Session 1

The Writers Matter Program at La Salle University, a unique and innovative opportunity for middle and lower high school students to learn critical writing skills through the use of journal writing as a vehicle for self-expression.

Penn State Center for Science and the Schools:  Bridging Research and Education in STEM

Amanda J. Smith, STEM Outreach & Engagement Liaison

Current teaching standards in STEM require teachers to incorporate the practices and 21st century thinking skills of STEM research into their teaching.  CSATS works collaboratively with scientists and engineers at Penn State and in industries to design, develop, and implement many outreach programs and workshops for K-16 education. These programs promote teachers’ abilities to prepare the future STEM workforce by providing learning experiences that engage students in the practices and thinking used by scientists and engineers.


Crazy 8 After School Math Club, a community partnership between Andrew Jackson School and Swarthmore College.



11:45 Lunch

Panel Discussion: Reflections on Partnerships – A Principal’s Perspective featuring: Principal LeRoy Hall Jr. of Henry H. Houston Elementary & Principal Andrew Lukov of Southwark Elementary

Moderated By Amy Cohen, Executive Director of the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at George Washington University

Amy brings a wealth of experience in service-learning and civic engagement to her role at GW. She served for nearly a decade as the director of the federal service-learning program, Learn and Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is also the parent agency for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. Prior to coming to GW she served as Associate Vice President for US Programs at Save the Children. Her career in academic service and civic engagement began at the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, an international leader in university- community partnerships.

 ‘Specials’ Block

12:45 Breakout Session 2

ArtistYear Philadelphia – Fellows from the Curtis Institute of Music and Drexel University work full-time in Philadelphia public schools to deliver an issue-based arts curriculum that inspires active youth citizens. Christine Witkowski, Director, ArtistYear Philadelphia, and current Fellow will share insights on how to train and support recent arts college grads to work effectively and collaboratively in a school setting. 

Asphalt to Inspiration – Greening Philadelphia Schoolyards with Daniel Denk from the Trust for Public Land

Young Quakers Community Athletics at University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Afternoon Announcements

2:15 Lindy Award for Excellence in K-16 Partnerships Presentation

After-school Activities

2:45 Breakout Session 3

College Readiness for 8th and 9th Graders – Insights from afterschool programming that engages Temple, Penn, and Drexel University students through GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness of Undergraduate Programs)

Vippy Yee, Assistant Director of Volunteer Programs at The Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center, Bryn Mawr College presenting on a partnerships connects BMC students with international and/or recent immigrants at Merion Elementary School

Process Over Product: Reflections of an Arts Based K-16 Partnership – Presenters: Dr. Anna Beresin, Professor, Liberal Arts, and Co-Director, NEUARTS, Neighborhood Engagement at the University of the Arts, and Ms. Lindsay Sparagana, Senior Lecturer, Photography, and Co-Director, NEUARTS


4:00 End of Day

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