Thursday, March 17, 2005

"opportunity to rethink the relationship between schools and community renewal"

This has the potential to be quite interesting.
Info about what to do if you want to sign up is at the bottom.

As you may know the School District of Philadelphia and the School
Reform Commission have a $1.5 billion capital improvement program. This
program offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink the
relationship between schools and community renewal. A new series of
public forums will provide Philadelphians with the opportunity to
participate in a robust public conversation about the community building
opportunities presented by this unprecedented investment in the city's
schools.

I would like to invite you to take part in the first forum of this
series, called the Franklin Conference, to be held on March 28th from
3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104 (www.worldcafelive.com), in West Philadelphia.

President Amy Gutmann of the University of Pennsylvania is scheduled to
kick off the series that afternoon. A panel of national experts in
school design, planning and pedagogy will speak during the evening -
including Frank S. Kelly, FAIA of the SHW Group in Houston, Bobbie Hill
and Steven Bingler of Concordia, Ruth Nield of the Graduate School of
Education at Penn, and Patti Smith of The Education Alliance at Brown
University - followed by table and plenary discussions. The event is
free and open to the public and a light supper will be provided. Seating
is limited.

This project was first publically announced in Chris Satullo's editorial
from last week
(http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/11060770.htm).

In addition to your attendance at this first event, we also ask you to
join our team in our effort to spread the word for this pivotal event.
Please find the attached flier on this email and either distribute it to
your students, neighbors or display it in a visible location at your
offices. As central members of our educational and civic community, your
participation is vital to the success of our endeavor. Those interested
should RSVP to school@design.upenn.edu or 215-573-8720 with name,
organization, contact information and neighborhood. Availability will be
confirmed as soon as possible.

The Franklin Conference on School Design is a civic engagement program
of the Penn Institute for Urban Research. The program is sponsored by
the William Penn Foundation, the Penn Institute for Urban Research and
World Café Live.

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