Johns Hopkins Puts Theory into Practice with New Elementary School

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At the Johns Hopkins School of Education, it’s not all book-learning and airy ideas; with a new community elementary school on the way, Hopkins-trained educators will be able to put into practice everything they’re learning.

The project may have a clunky name (officially, it’s Elmer A. Henderson:  A Johns Hopkins Partnership School; it used to be known as the East Baltimore Community School), but its goals are lofty. The $43 million state-of-the-art school, a partnership with Morgan State University’s School of Education and Urban Studies, is scheduled to open for the 2013-14 school year, and will host 540 students when it’s at capacity. Students will be drawn from the so-called “East Baltimore Development, Inc.” area — the neighborhoods around the sprawling Johns Hopkins Medical complex, many of whom have had a fraught relationship with the school and its approach to development. (Former residents who were relocated out of the area so Hopkins could expand will also have priority.) If space remains, the school will also serve siblings, children of nearby employers, and children from surrounding East Baltimore neighborhoods.

“The Henderson-Hopkins school represents the most important investment to date toward EBDI’s goal of creating a thriving, vital and inclusive community,” Hopkins president Ronald Daniels said at the school’s groundbreaking last week. “We envision this world-class new campus to become the center of the community, open to everyone—every day, evenings and weekends.” Educators will use the latest evidence-based research to design innovative programs; community-oriented programs will take learning beyond the classroom, and engage families and the community as a whole.

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  1. Hopefully if Hopkins does this school right it will give them a chance to get on track with making things right with the community. Hopkins definitely has the resources and talent to do it, let’s just hope they have the will and management ability to pull it off successfully.

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