City Connects’ Executive Director Authors Paper on School–University Partnerships

School–University Partnerships: Reflections and OpportunitiesCity Connects Executive Director Mary E. Walsh recently authored a paper, “School–University Partnerships: Reflections and Opportunities,” in an issue of the Peabody Journal of Education focused on the promise of universities in school reform. The article describes the history of school–university partnerships and the recent shift where the needs of schools are increasingly driving the formation of partnerships. Walsh identified student support as a relatively neglected area of school–university partnerships and describe the lessons learned from developing and scaling up the City Connects project, itself a school-university partnership.  The full text of the article is available on the Peabody Journal website.

Mary Walsh is joining other authors of papers in the same issue of the Peabody Journal to discuss universities and school reform in an upcoming webinar hosted by the Coalition for Community Schools. Held on Jan. 31 from 3-4pm, the webinar features commentary by:

  • Dr. Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President and Director, Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Robert Kronick, Director of University-Assisted Community Schools, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Dr. Henry Taylor, Founding Director, Center for Urban Studies, University of Buffalo
  • Dr. Mary Walsh, Director, Boston College Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College

The webinar is co-sponsored by the Anchor Institution Task Force, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership. Register for the webinar here.

Author: City Connects

City Connects is an innovative school-based system that revitalizes student support in schools. City Connects collaborates with teachers to identify the strengths and needs of every child. We then create a uniquely tailored set of intervention, prevention, and enrichment services located in the community designed to help each student learn and thrive.

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