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Integrating Research, Policy, and Practice: Reimagining the University/City Connection

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The symposium Integrating Research, Policy, and Practice: Reimagining the University/City Connection addresses specific ways in which universities serve as anchors for instigating change in their local environments and how they partner with school districts, government agencies, and nonprofit institutions to create a shared vision and mission for rebuilding the urban economy. Our expert panelists from top institutions will discuss how universities integrate research, policy, and practice in building social justice and community development initiatives, the incentives and motivations that can be shared for engaging faculty and staff, and the frameworks universities incorporate to enact change and revitalize neighborhoods. Click here for more information

The State of Public Charter Schools in New Jersey

Friday, November 20, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The emergence of charter schools has shaken up public education in urban settings. Charter schools have proven to be successful vehicles for community development and urban neighborhood revitalization. Yet, so many structural and funding models exist. Parents and families know that they can have a better school to send their child to, but how do they reconcile the differences in educational philosophies, curriculum, and neighborhood engagement? Various charter school organizations are establishing a prominent presence in distressed urban environments, like Camden. Charter school experts will provide a clear delineation and breakdown of the various models, styles, and methods so that families and taxpayers have a better understanding of who and what are entering their communities.
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The Opening to Cuba: Obstacles and Opportunities

Professor William LeoGrande, Professor of Government and former Associate Provost of Academic Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., is a leading expert on Cuban history and politics. He will speak about the obstacles and opportunities in this new era of normalized relations between Cuba and the United States. Professor LeoGrande has written widely on Latin America and U.S.-Latin American relations. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, LeMonde Diplomatique and other journals and newspapers. He is co-editor of A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution Under Raul Castro,Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1992, and co-author of Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana, which will be available for purchase. Click here for more information


The Impact of Early Learning on Community Development

State and local experts will discuss the impact of early childhood programs on student achievement, family engagement, and community development in urban settings. New models of early learning will be explored, such as birth to college pipelines on the same block in downtown Camden. The presentations and discussions will emphasize and renew commitments to fund and develop quality early childhood initiatives that benefit all children.
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Urban Sustainability Strategies from Cuba to Camden

Friday, October 9, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Lunch Included)
Cuba has excelled at developing alternative models for sustainable urban development in the areas of agriculture, health care, and education. This unique session introduces participants to strategies that challenge traditional market-based approaches, and offers options for implementation in U.S. cities, like Camden. We will also discuss how to participate in a special 2016 Rutgers—Camden Spring Break trip to Cuba where students and others can investigate these topics firsthand. The Community Leadership Center has been leading academic trips to Cuba since 2002, specializing in urban community development.leading academic trips to Cuba since 2002, specializing in urban community development. Click here for more information

Creating Bridges for Camden’s Youth: Juvenile Justice Concerns and Local Solutions

Hosted by the Rutgers School of Law–Camden and the Rutgers–Camden Community Leadership Center

This day-long conference delved into key issues affecting the New Jersey juvenile justice system. Keynote speaker Marsha Levick, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of the Juvenile Law Center, opened the event.  Our first panel discussion focused on opportunities for reform and the second panel focused on preventative measures at the school-based level.  Our panel of experts provided great insight into specific practices and resources utilized to partner with stakeholders involved in the juvenile justice system. Click here for more information

Rutgers-Camden Community Leadership Center Signature Series on Education Equity and Transformation of Schools

First Session: Preparing for PARCC: Challenges and Opportunities usingthe Common Core Standards
Friday, January 23, 2015
This session provides context and guidance for schools to prepare for the annual Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam using the Common Core Standards framework. Panelists will offer guidance on how to prepare administrators, teachers and students for PARCC and instilling a culture of learning. These experts will examine the challenges and opportunities that schools have in incorporating standards and assessments into the learning environment. Click here for more information

Second Session: How to Build a Successful School Culture for Teaching and Learning
Friday, February 13, 2015
This session of the symposia focuses on the roles school leaders play in developing and sustaining
school cultures that are conducive to academic excellence. Beyond the classroom, how can schools create structures that involve all stakeholders to promote an environment that supports the success of every single student. A panel of experts will lay out their vision and share their experiences in how to best lead meaningful change in teaching and learning practices. Click here for more information







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| Creating Bridges for Camden’s Youth: Juvenile Justice Concerns and Local Solutions

CLICK HERE to SEE VIDEO | Preparing for PARCC: Challenges and Opportunities usingthe Common Core Standards

CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO| Second Session: How to Build a Successful School Culture for Teaching and Learning