Partnership for Public Education

Partnership for Public Education
March 14 12:30 2016 Print This Article

With funds donated by two alumni and a commitment of support from University leaders, the University of Delaware is launching the UD Partnership for Public Education. The new partnership is a multidisciplinary effort to mobilize the University’s research, educational and public service capacities to provide sustained assistance to Delaware schools with low-income and other at-risk students, focusing initially on schools in the city of Wilmington.

UD faculty and professionals will support improvements in instruction through professional development programs for teachers and school leaders and on-site collaboration on school improvement strategies that reflect national best practices.

Two long-time friends and Blue Hen classmates have joined forces to establish a new Fund for Urban Education that will provide strategic and integrated support for the partnership. The $100,000 gift is an initiative of Quinetta Roberson, professor of management and the Fred J. Springer Chair in Business Leadership at the Villanova School of Business, and Tony Allen, a UD trustee, who leads the corporate reputation group for Bank of America, and who serves as the chair of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission.

“Almost 30 years ago, Q and I came to UD with the support of many in our family and communities. More than a few people believed in us, demanded the very best from us and supported us every step of the way.  We want the same for today’s generation,” Allen said.

“In recent years, we have watched UD embrace its role in K-12 public education reform in Delaware and facilitating diversity and inclusion on-campus. Our gift is meant to support this work and encourage our beloved alma mater to do even more,” he said.

The UD Partnership for Public Education will strengthen the support UD is now providing to the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, which is focused on strengthening pre-K-12 education in Wilmington and New Castle County.

For more information on the Fund visit UDaily.

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