The Netter Center for Community Partnerships Netter Center for Community Partnerships Our Mission: Founded in 1992, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for ommunity Partnerships is Penn’s primary vehicle

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    University-Assisted Community Schools: Effective Partnerships for Connecting Higher Education, School, & Community Resources

    Coalition for Community Schools National Forum

    May 2012

    The Netter Center for Community Partnerships Team: Sterling Baltimore, Site Director, Lea

    Community School Patrice Berry, Site Director, University

    City High Community School Cory Bowman, Associate Director Rich Liuzzi, Site Director, Wilson

    Community School

  • + The Netter Center for Community Partnerships

    Our Mission: Founded in 1992, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is Penns primary vehicle for bringing to bear the broad range of human knowledge needed to solve the complex, comprehensive, and interconnected problems of the American city so that West Philadelphia (Penns local geographic community), Philadelphia, the University itself, and society benefit.

    Core Propositions:

    Penns future and the future of West Philadelphia/Philadelphia are intertwined.

    Penn can make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life in West Philadelphia/Philadelphia.

    Penn can enhance its overall mission of advancing and transmitting knowledge by helping to improve the quality of life in West Philadelphia/Philadelphia.

  • + Academically Based Community Service

    Addresses universal problems as they are manifested locally through collaborative problem-solving, K-16+

    Service rooted in and intrinsically tied to research and teaching

    Aims to bring about structural community improvement (e.g., effective public schools, neighborhood economic development)

    Designed to improve the quality of life in the community and the quality of learning and scholarship in the university

    Helps students to become contributing, creative, democratic citizens

  • + The Vehicle for Change:

    University-Assisted Community Schools

    Guiding Principles

    Open doors to all before and after school, weekends, & summers

    Serve educational, social service, health, and recreational needs

    Focus on the school as the core institution for community engagement and democratic development

    Link school day and after school curriculum to solving real world, community problems

    Engage youth as deliverers not simply recipients of service

    Engage universities as lead partners in providing intellectual, human, and material resources

    Employ site director as primary liaison between university, school, and community resources

    Develop and coordinate programs

    Serve as member of school leadership team

    Ensure mutually-beneficial partnerships

  • + K-16+ Partnership Approaches

    Activities should be aggregated and integrated for change Lack of coordination of efforts

    Efforts are geographically and topically scattered

    K-12 and higher ed education have similar needs that should be addressed in and through collaboration

    Civic education and democratic development

    Real-world problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills

    Partnerships should be integrated with the core missions teaching and learning of both institutions Partnerships as service not connected to research and teaching are

    less mutually beneficial and sustainable

  • + University City High Community School

    UCHS priorities

    Enhanced learning experiences

    Extended academic support

    College and Career Readiness

    Human capital

    Penn partnerships Expanding learning opportunities

    Academically Based Community Service Courses (ABCS) in STEM, Evaluation, Community School Organizing, etc.

    Wharton-Netter program supporting business education

    Providing human capital

    Community Schools Student Partnerships

    Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellows

    Penn Medicine, University City District, Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, and others

  • + University City High (contd) Community Schools Student Partnerships (CSSP)

    A student-run organization

    Members are volunteer, and work study undergraduate and graduate students

    At UCHS, CSSP Students:

    Act as during-school and after-school academic tutors, and CACR mentors

    Are matched with teachers to provide classroom tutoring support

    Provide ongoing one-on-one college and career readiness mentoring in partnership with

    Philadelphia's Graduation Coach Campaign

    Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) WorkReady

    21st-century skill development curriculum

    During-school, after-school and summer internship opportunities that offer students access

    to mainstream career experiences

    UCHSs WorkReady Implementation:

    Weekly Educational Entrepreneurship and CSSP Graduation Coaching (12th grade)

    Leaders of Change: Social and Educational Entrepreneurship (11th grade)

    Business partners include: Children's Hospital of PA, Hospital of University of PA, Day and

    Zimmerman, Medicaid and Medicare, The Wharton Business School, Mercy Hospital,

    Motivos Magazine, Martin Chan LLC, University City District

  • + Wilson Elementary Community School

    Project-Based Learning (PBL)

    Experiential learning learning through doing, collaboration, research

    Teacher as guide / facilitator

    Project planning & lesson planning

    We are ALL scholars

    After-School Program

    Scheduling Project Cycles 6 weeks long / 4 to 6

    cycles per school year

    1 hour per program day (4:45 pm 5:45 pm, 5 days per week)

    Daily PBL Themes: M & W: Social & Emotional Learning

    Tu: Civics, Service, Social Justice, Cultural Studies

    Th: Science, Health, Nutrition, Ecology

    F: Electives

    Summer Program Summer Curriculum / Daily

    Enrichment Blocks: Mornings:

    Social & Emotional Learning

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)


    Civics, Service, Health, Nutrition

    Physical Education

  • + Wilson (contd)

    ABCS @ Wilson Community School

    The Politics of Food - Prof. Mary Summers

    Healthy Schools - Prof. Mary Summers & Prof. Jane Kauer

    The Biology of Food - Prof. Scott Poethig

    Community Based Environmental Health - Prof. Richard Pepino

    Other Penn Partnerships @ Wilson Community School

    Community Schools Student Partnerships (CSSP)

    Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI)

    Penn Science Across the Ages (PSAA)

    Financial Literacy Community Project (FLCP)

    Bootstrap (computer programming program)

    Senior Service Interns Program (SSI University City High Community School)

  • + Lea Community School

    Supporting Principals, Teachers, & Support


    School Action Plan

    Professional Development, particularly through


    Grant Writing and Collaboration

    Technology Support

    Media and Marketing

    In-school Tutoring that focuses on Individualized

    Learning Plans

    After-School Program Tutoring and Mentoring

    Community Service Days for students groups: this

    could be an opportunity to finally paint the

    cafeteria or school yard!

  • + Lea (contd)

    Parent Outreach

    After-school parents are required to attend monthly meetings, which

    typically brings in a lot of participants.

    School administrators and staff can participate in the meetings or add

    agenda items to reach a population of parents that they dont normally


    UACS frequently network with other organizations and therefore can

    streamline resources to parents during those monthly meetings.

    Specific Program Examples

    Black Wall Street

    Mural Arts

    Structured Lunch & Recess

  • + University-Assisted Community Schools National Replication

    1993-2004: 23 higher education-school-community partnerships across the country adopted model; additional 75 teams trained

    2008-present: Regional Training Centers

    University of Oklahoma-Tulsa

    Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

    Ongoing Training & Technical Assistance

    Site Visits


  • + Tapping your Local Institutions of Higher Education

    Campuses have various offices that coordinate their community partnership activities. To start, we suggest contacting:

    Any office with community, service-learning or civic engagement in its title

    Service-learning coordinator

    Interested Faculty in Related Disciplines

    Office of Campus Ministry

    Student Life Volunteer Center

    Co-ops/Internships/Career Office

    Federal Work-Study Office

  • + Tips for Higher Ed Partners Build off existing relationships between your institution and school partners.

    Reach out to school principals and teachers to explore potential partnerships.

    Spend time at the school and in the community to get to know the staff and culture.

    Involve school administration, teachers, students, and community residents in collaborative efforts from the beginning (e.g. a community asset mapping project).

    Start with a core group of teachers who are enthusiastic about the initiative and willing to incorporate problem solving learning into their curriculum. The hope is that their positive experience leads other teachers to be open to university partners in their classrooms.

    Consider linking ABCS courses