Anchor Institutions Forum December 15, 2011




Advancing the Quality of Life, Learning and Civic Development through Anchor Institution-School-Community Partnerships

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Meeting Synopsis

Hosted by the Anchor Institutions Task Force


the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

December 15, 2011

Meeting Location:
University of Pennsylvania
Houston Hall
3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


  • Civic mission can lead to comprehensive community development through strengthening schools and families
  • Breaking down barriers between K-12 and higher education
  • Promoting civic learning and community engagement



9:00 a.m.   Registration and Continental Breakfast, Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, 1st Floor


10:00 a.m.    Welcome and Agenda Overview

  • Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President and Director  of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania and Anchor Institutions Task Force, Chair

10:10 a.m.   Updates on the Anchor Institutions Task Force and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

  • David Maurrasse, President and Founder, Marga Incorporated and Anchor Institutions Task Force, Director
  • Ted McConnell, Executive Director, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools 

10:30 a.m.   Anchor Institutions and the Civic Mission of Schools: National and Global Perspectives

  • Moderator: Maureen Curley, Campus Compact, President
  • Sjur Bergan, Council of Europe, Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation, Education Department, Head
  • Michelle Herczog, National Council for the Social Studies, Board of Directors Member; California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, Co-Leader; and Los Angeles County Office of Education, History-Social Science Consultant
  • Eduardo Padrón, Miami Dade College, President
  • Larkin Tackett, U.S. Department of Education, Director of Place Based Initiatives

11:30  a.m.   Table Discussions

  • What are the core issues (policy, funding, etc.) facing the civic mission of schools?
  • What are the best vehicles (policy, funding, etc.) to advance anchor institutions-school partnerships, locally, regionally, and nationally?
  • What will it take for practices on the ground to have maximum impact?

12:15 p.m.  Lunch, Bodek Lounge, 1st Floor

  • Lee Fisher, CEOs for Cities, President and CEO

12:45 p.m.   Anchors and the Civic Mission of Schools: Exemplary Practice from the Field, Bodek Lounge, 1st Floor

  • Moderator: Carol Schneider, Association of American Colleges and Universities, President
  • Gerald Clancy, University of Oklahoma- Tulsa, President
  • Douglas Dobson, University of Central Florida, Executive Director of the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government
  • Richard Guarasci, Wagner College, President
  • Wendell Pritchett, Rutgers University, Camden, Chancellor

1:45 p.m. Breakout Groups/Strategic Planning

  • How can the Task Force and the Civic Mission of Schools work more closely to advance their common missions?
  • What are the specific opportunities to work together around research and policy?

The above questions to be discussed in four subgroups:

  • AITF Research Committee, Ben Franklin Room, 3rd Floor
  • AITF Policy Committee, Golkin Room , 2nd Floor
  • AITF and CMS Collaboration, Grisky, 3rd Floor
  • Media – Developing a Proactive Media Strategy Locally and Nationally, Bodek Lounge, 1st Floor

2:45 p.m.    Breakout Group Report Back, Bodek Lounge, 1st Floor


3:15 p.m.    Next Steps

  • Ira Harkavy
  • David Maurrasse
  • Ted McConnell

4:00 p.m.    Adjourn

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