South Ward Community Schools Initiative: “A Day in the Life of a Community School”

Date: 04/16/2016
Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Belmont Runyon School
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  • Superintendent Christopher Cerf Remarks – 10:00 AM
  • Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka remarks – 1:00 PM
  • MC, Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson, Newark Public Schools Advisory Board Member

Moderated Panel – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

  • Jane Quinn, Children’s Aid Society
  • Erskine Glover, Principal Quitman Street School
  • Dr. Edward Fergus, New York University
  • Carolota Tagoe, Parent
  • Teacher from NYC community school or Representative from the AFT
  • Kaleena Berryman, Abbott Leadership Institute (Moderator)

Workshops – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Health, Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness
  • Financial literacy, Urban League of Essex County
  • Employment and Training, Newark Workforce Development Board
  • Parent advocacy/leadership training, Abbott Leadership Institute
  • Music and Art, Ucyphe
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Yendor Productions
  • Yoga, Pawa Wise
  • Nutritional eating, Newark Beth Israel
  • Child mentoring, Newark Gals Inc.


South Ward Community Schools are beginning community planning in anticipation of the fall 2016 school year. This process is more than asking for feedback from the community. Continued action is required.

Community schools succeed when there is partnership and input from parents, families, students, and residents all along the way. Community schools transform schools when there is intentional participation and

collaboration from school and community leaders, educators, community partners, students, families, and residents to remove barriers to learning and address the needs of the whole child.