Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in system-wide policy, advocacy, and practice: State and district education administrators, principals, legislators, policymakers, advocates, community leaders and activists, journalists, and academics in education, social work, and public policy.

Why Attend?

This institute will examine effective
models and strategies for developing and strengthening school community partnerships and identify the kinds of policies that will support the growth and sustainability of school-community partnerships over time.

Where & When?

Thursday, November 20, 2014
9:00am – 4:00pm

University of Maryland
School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street, Auditorium
Baltimore, MD 21201
(Registration required)

About the Institute

This institute will bring together educators, community activists, researchers and policymakers to discuss and share resources on the direction of school-community partnerships in Maryland. It will draw from the expertise of academics, practitioners, and advocates to discuss what is needed to sustain them, and what advocacy and policies are crucial to supporting them.

Because there are many different types of partnerships, the institute will lay out a typology of school-community partnerships that schools and communities are engaged in. By thinking about “types” of partnerships, participants in the institute can determine more systematically the conditions they need to support a particular partnership as well as identify the challenges to accomplishing their goals.

The goals are two-fold:
Developing strong regional networks: The institute will offer participants the opportunity to share resources, make connections, and learn from the experiences of others. Most importantly, the institute will begin the process of developing regional networks that will support the sustainability and growth of partnerships over time.

Developing strong policies: We are beginning to think about the kinds of policies that are needed to support school-community partnerships in Maryland. The institute will identify the kinds of policies that can support school-community partnerships and discuss how to organize and advocate for school-community partnerships.

Featured Speakers:
David Hornbeck, former Maryland State Superintendent, Kristina Kyles, Assistant State Superintendent for Maryland, and Joshua Starr, Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools.


This institute is a joint project of the Maryland Equity Project at the College of Education, University of Maryland, Family League of Baltimore, Morgan State University, and The Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership.