University-Assisted Community Schools as an Effective Strategy for Education Reform

Posted by on April 13, 2009

The Netter Center for Community Partnerships presents

National Conference on University-Assisted Community Schools as an Effective Strategy for Education Reform, K-16+

June 3, 2009
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Keynote Speakers:

Randi Weingarten, President
The American Federation of Teachers

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President
Syracuse University

This conference will explore University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS) as an effective strategy for education reform nationally.

Since assuming her post last summer, Randi Weingarten has championed the importance of community schools in education reform.  She will share her thoughts on engaging higher education more fully in this work.  Nancy Cantor is a preeminent leader in higher ed civic engagement.  Under her leadership, “Scholarship in Action” at Syracuse is based on “the interactive and collaborative nature of many of our programs, where faculty and students learn, discover, and create through deep engagement and exchanges with practitioners and communities throughout the world.”

Sessions will include: UACS models nationally, engaging bright undergraduates in teaching, role of teachers’ unions in UACS, and policy/funding opportunities at the federal level.

To register:

Hotel Information:

A block of rooms for is available for the conference at the Sheraton University City Hotel, 36th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The toll-free number is 888-627-7071.  The direct line is 215-387-8000.  Please identify yourself as a member of the group reservation for the “University-Assisted Community Schools Conference.”

Rates are $179 per night (single or double) plus tax.  Reservations must be made by May 11, 2009 to receive the conference rate.  The conference rate will be extended two days before and two days after the conference, subject to availability. Online hotel registration is also available at:

For information contact:  Joann Weeks, Associate Director, Netter Center  215-898-0872

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