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NJ Community Schools Coalition 2nd Convening

Foundations of Community Schools: Creating Environments Where Children Thrive

Friday, April 7, 2017

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy of Rutgers University


When no one even cared

The rose it grew from concrete

Keepin all these dreams

Provin nature's laws wrong

It learned how to walk without havin feet

It came from concrete

~Tupac Shakur

8:15-9:00: Sign in, Coffee, Light Fare

8:30-8:55: New to this Community Schools? That’s ok! Attend our Community Schools 101. Hosted by Sue Altman

9:00-9:20: Welcome and Opening, Dr. Lauren Wells


9:20-10-:15: Panel Discussion - The Interconnected Community School

  • Partners for Programming: Denise Hajjar, Health N Wellness, Paterson & Orange

  • Community and Stakeholder Engagement: Rosie Grant, Executive Director, Paterson Education Fund

  • Legislation: Julie Borst, Save our Schools NJ, Parent Advocate

  • Funding and Evaluation: Christine Corriston, ‎Laurus Grants and Evaluation


10:15-10:30 Q&A


10:35-11:10 and 11:15-11:50: Breakout Sessions to Generate Next Steps (choose 2) 

Program Partners:

Sarah Cruz, Afterschool Alliance; Afterschool Ambassador, Washington, DC; Newark Public Schools Special Assistant of Expanded Learning Time

Denise Hajjar, Health and Mental Health

Cristina Monroy, Behavior Health Counselor, Orange 

Professional Learning:

Sue Schutt, Assistant Principal at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, Bronx, NY

Jean McTavish, Principal at Edward A Reynolds West Side High School, New York City

Danielle Dapiran, AmeriCorps

Capacity Building:

Janice Chu-Zhu, Senior Director of National Capacity Building, Children’s Aid Society

Funding and Legislation:

Alexandria Warrick Adams, Elev8, Baltimore, Maryland

Julie Larrea Borst, SOSNJ

Advocacy and Coalition Building:

Terry Kim, NY Children’s Aid Society

Nicole Lebron, Project Coordinator, Orange Community Schools

12:15-12:45: LUNCH


12:45-1:45: Panel Discussion – Relationship Building In Community School Work

  • Montclair State University: Dr. Bryan Murdock, Director of Service Learning and Community Engagement

  • Orange Public Schools: Barry Devone, Community Engagement Officer

  • Newton Public Schools: Kevin Stanton, Principal


Q&A: 1:45-2pm


2:05-2:40 and 2:45-3:20: Breakout Sessions to Generate Next Steps (choose 2)

University Partner Model: 

Dr. Bryan Murdock, Montclair State University

Denzel Cummings, Netter Center, University of Pennsylvania

Municipality-Driven Model: 

Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson, Chairperson, Newark Advisory Board

District-Driven Model: 

Kevin Stanton, Principal, Newton Public Schools

Linda Salerno, Parent Outreach Coordinator, Newton Public Schools

Mixed Resourced: 

Nancy Holmes, UniServ Field Representative at New Jersey Education Association

Gary Frazier, Community Organizer, Camden


3:25-3:50: Back in main room, Recap of Afternoon Breakouts, and Wrap Up

Thank you to the Daniel Tanner Foundation, The Fund for NJ, and The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation for their generous support.

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