City 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.