University co-sponsors community workshop

Workshop focuses on efforts to reconnect public schools with neighborhoods through community learning center engagement | February 9, 2005

The Community Building Institute (CBI) at Xavier University and Cincinnati Public Schools sponsored a workshop with speakers Rosa Blackwell, superintendent of Cincinnati Schools, John Gilligan, former Ohio governor and CPS board member, and Byron White, CBI director. The workshop, titled, “Putting the Public back into Public Schools: Community Engagement and Community Learning Centers,” took place Saturday, Feb. 19.

The workshop focused on Cincinnati’s efforts to reconnect public schools with neighborhoods through the community learning center engagement process.

The keynote speaker was Akron Mayor Donald Plusquellic. Plusquellic is president of the United States Conference of Mayors. This bi-partisan organization represents 500 cities across America. Plusquellic is in his 19th year as mayor of Akron and spoke about the role community learning centers can play in the revitalization of neighborhoods.

The workshop also included information sessions on such topics as operating a community learning center and getting parents engaged.

This event took place through support from KnowledgeWorks, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Procter & Gamble.

CBI is a partnership between Xavier University and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.