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Blog 7: Innovating STEM Learning Opportunities with Higher Education Institutions

Joanna Chae

Coalition for Community Schools Blog 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sayre High School, located 20 blocks away from the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia has had four principals in five years, and five principals in seven years. What has survived through the turnover is Sayre’s partnership with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), which has been sustained and supported by Penn’s Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Sayre High School is one of the Netter Center’s longest standing school partners. The Netter Center has helped to support school day instruction, as well as after school and summer programing, since 1996.  Programming includes: hands-on STEM learning, nutrition education and community health promotion, college access and career readiness, and paid service-learning, as well as workplace-based learning internships for Sayre students. The work at Sayre is an example of how community partners, particularly university staff, students, and faculty, can support teachers and school leadership by creating more engaging and enriching opportunities to students during and beyond the conventional school day.

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