Muskie School receives grant to lead systems change in Portland high schools

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The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has chosen the Muskie School to serve as the Lead Community Partner of its District Level Systems Change Initiative for the Portland Public School District. The initiative, which has been underway since 2012 in four New England communities (Portland, Maine; Sanford, Maine; Pittsfield, New Hampshire; and Burlington/Winooski, Vermont), involves the restructuring of public high school education to make it more student-centered.

The role of a Lead Community Partner is to ensure that meaningful parent, youth, and community engagement occurs within and outside of District decision-making during the systems change process, and beyond. In this role, Muskie’s youth and community engagement (YCE) staff will work to build mechanisms throughout the Portland Public School District for parents, students, and community members to exercise leadership and have authentic voice in education, with an emphasis on groups who traditionally have been underserved or marginalized.

Key staff of this project include policy associates Erica King and Emily Thielmann and YCE specialist Pious Ali.

New Publications

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Building Bridges Beyond the Quadrangle: The CAO and the External Community
(Book chapter by Mark Lapping in: Martin J, Samuels JE, eds. The Provost's Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2015:200-206.)

Health Data and Financing and Delivery System Reform: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Issue Brief by Barbara Shaw, Andy Coburn, Kimberley Fox, Andrea Gerstenberger, and Barbara Leonard)

New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes(Report by David Lambert and Julie Atkins).

Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (Issue Brief by Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, and Andy Coburn).

Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(1), 55-65. (Authors: Judy Tupper, Carolyn Gray, Karen Pearson, and Andy Coburn).

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