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Friday, April 10 • 7:15am - 8:00am
FR7.00.05 Transforming Education through University Community School Partnerships

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Evidence suggests that university community school partnerships impact “whole student, whole school and whole community.”Creative solutions and strategic partnerships in education are beneficial to K-12 schools,postsecondary with increasing attention devoted to education reform, college access, and community outreach programs, engaged universities have seized the moment through strategic initiatives to further their mission of reducing disparities in access to higher education.The Education Effect–BTW has been developed to support and challenge students to acquire the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to effectively graduate high school and enroll and succeed in a two-year or four-year post-secondary institution.Furthermore, EE-BTW supports the individual needs of students’ as they reach and grow to their full potential by infusing additional personnel and a culture of high expectations.Additionally, the academic enrichment and educational opportunities provided by The Education Effect–BTW will focus on 21st century academic and workforce readiness skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, collaboration, communication, personal responsibility, creativity, innovation, and information technology.The Education Effect–BTW is funded through a generous foundation committed to urban education and community partnership. Critical to the development of The Education Effect-BTW, are the benefits to students, the school, community and university.Broadening educational opportunity to include kindergarten through post-secondary completion is vital to student learning, because it increases success over time, as opposed to fragmented programs in which students are treated for impending “failure.”It is the difference between prevention and intervention after the fact. This paper challenges existing ways of understanding equity and inclusion and the institutional response to provide access and support to underrepresented students.


Hale Donnie

Director, Florida International University
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Chaundra L Whitehead

Research Assistant, Florida International University

Friday April 10, 2015 7:15am - 8:00am EDT
Grand Ballroom (2nd floor)