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Transforming Education: Penn’s Netter Center Team Explains a Successful Model

Jill DiSanto

Penn News

Monday, November 4, 2013

Ira Harkavy, the Netter Center’s founding director, along with Rita Axelroth Hodges, the assistant director, and Joann Weeks, the associate director, collaborated with Matthew Hartley, an associate professor from Penn’s Graduate School of Education to publish the lead article in the Peabody Journal of Education.

As a part of a themed issue focusing on higher education’s role in public school reform and community engagement, “The Promise of University-Assisted Community Schools to Transform American Schooling: A Report From the Field, 1985-2012” details the development of Penn’s partnerships with local schools and community organizations in West Philadelphia. It also outlines how Penn’s University-assisted community school approach has been successfully replicated nationally.

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