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School as Community Hubs 2018

Dr. Pat Williams-Boyd, emeritus professor in the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University, will deliver a presentation at New Mexico State University entitled, “Schools as Community Hubs for Social Justice.” The presentation will be from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at O’Donnell Hall, room 111. Williams-Boyd will present research on the community schools model and will discuss its effectiveness in communities across the country. The event is free and open to the public, targeting all local residents, educators, civic leaders, parents, students, and the NMSU community. The presentation will be followed-up with a brief local panel that will feature community school and education leaders in Las Cruces and El Paso.

Williams-Boyd holds two doctoral degrees, one in ethnomusicology, the other in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in community schools, urban education and youth and families in poverty. She has won awards for outstanding teaching and service to the profession both in her 28 years in public school and in her 21 years as a professor at the university. She is an invited speaker at conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia. Her work on community schools and students in poverty is published in various journals and books and she has been invited to present her research at Oxford University, Oxford, England; Beijing, China; Udmurt, Russia; Vilnius, Lithuania; Abu Dhabi; Florence, Italy; Germany, Austria and Turkey.

Community schools is a model for school transformation that has been embraced by Las Cruces Public Schools, the City of Las Cruces, and a movement of local grassroots organizations, faith-based groups, nonprofits, health leaders, and business representatives. Community schools transform public schools into neighborhood hubs with the help of a full-time, onsite coordinator and a deep community needs and asset assessment. At community schools, families, staff, students, and community members become integral parts of a school’s vision and operation. In January 2017, Lynn Middle School was launched as the first community school in Las Cruces.

The presentation is hosted by the Alliance for Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and a number of community sponsors including Families and Youth, Inc, the Children’s Reading Alliance, the City of Las Cruces, Las Cruces Public Schools, the Boys and Girls Club, Ngage New Mexico, the Success! Partnership, and the National Education Association – Las Cruces. For more information, contact David Greenberg at dgreenberg@lcps.net.