Save-the-Date: University-Assisted Community Schools

Posted by University of Pennsylvania on July 20, 2015

Ira Harkavy and the staff of the Netter Center are pleased to invite you to participate in our conference on “University-Assisted Community Schools: Advancing the model nationally and globally” on December 3-4, 2015 on Penn’s campus.

The conference will begin at noon on December 3 with an opening luncheon and plenary panel. We expect to conclude by 2:30 on December 4.

There is no registration fee for the conference, and a conference registration site will be on the Netter Center website shortly. There is a room-block at the Sheraton University City Hotel at $159 per night plus tax.
Hotel registration link will also be on the Netter Center website.

We would very much appreciate it if our PHENND network colleagues submitted proposals to speak at the the three break-out sessions. There will be four concurrent workshops during each break-out.

Among the topics that would be of most interest include:

1. Overview of your university-school-community partnership work

2. Focus on a specific area of academic support and enrichment such as STEM, literacy, arts

3. Embedding this work on the campus—connecting to academic missions of teaching, research, learning and service

4. Efforts in areas of college access/retention

5. Programs that supports socio-emotional and physical health and nutrition of students and families

6. Family engagement and adult education

7. Evaluation/assessment

8. Funding/sustainability

9. Engagement of higher ed students: thru courses, work-study, internships, and related issues such as training, cultural competence

10. Governance issues in university-assisted community schools

11. Teacher preparation and professional development for community schools

12. Creating the infrastructure at the school site

13. Strategies for engaging other community partners.

This list is not exhaustive, please consider submitting proposals for other key issues that you think would be of value to our colleagues.

I will need by September 10, a brief proposal on the workshop, including:

  • Names, titles and emails of the presenters (school and community partners are most welcomed to be on the panels also)
  • Title of workshop
  • Brief 200 word description of the session
  • Short narrative on the session (1-2 pages), goals for the session, substance of the presentation.

Please email the proposal to me at

Thanks so much for your participation in the higher ed network calls and we hope you will join us in December.

Joann M. Weeks
Associate Director
Netter Center for Community Partnerships
   and Penn Program for Public Service (SAS)


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