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May 8, 2007 > District partners with Stanford University

District partners with Stanford University

New Haven Unified School District is one of nine districts from across the country selected to be part of a Stanford University professional development network of districts engaged in school reform.

The Leadership for Equity and Accountability in Districts and Schools (LEADS) network is a three-year program designed to apply best practices and cutting-edge knowledge from education and business to the challenges confronting public education. LEADS members will learn from and work with each other and faculty and staff from Stanford's School Redesign Network (SRN), School of Education, and Graduate School of Business.

A team from Stanford visited Union City recently to talk with students, teachers, counselors, principals, administrators and the board of education. The team will spend much of its time at James Logan High School, including several hours of classroom observations.

The partnership is the second created this year between New Haven and a prestigious American university. In January, the district joined with Columbia University to introduce Writing Workshop, a research-based approach to writing instruction and improving literacy.

Superintendent Dr. Pat Juarequi says, "It speaks well of our mission to create an exemplary, inclusive educational system that will develop and empower all of our students to be productive, responsible and successful citizens, that we have been invited to partner with two of the finest universities in the country. Joining the Ivy League and being accepted by Stanford in the same year, that's a pretty impressive double!"

Deborah Stipek, Dean of Education at Stanford, said LEADS is at the center of the university's efforts to transform K-12 education. "Ultimately, we are all concerned about classroom instruction," she said. "That's what really matters. It is no accident that the School of Education is moving more and more toward focusing on the district in our efforts to promote improvements in teaching and student learning."

New Haven Unified, which serves approximately 12,500 students at eight elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools in Union City and south Hayward, is one of two California districts in the LEADS Network, joining San Diego.

The first LEADS learning event, the Executive Program for Educational Leaders, will be June 19-23 at Stanford.

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