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How can faith communities and local public schools become more engaged partners in the work of improving student achievement and outcomes, while being mindful of important constitutional parameters separating church and state?








A growing number of faith-based organizations and public schools have formed meaningful, clearly-defined partnerships across the American educational landscape. Communities are creating the change they want to see locally by reaching across previously perceived divides: building relationships, programs, and advocacy together — all in support of student and community success in chronically under-resourced parts of the country.

The Leadership Institute for Faith and Education: Building Partnerships for Equity, Justice, and Student Success provides attendees with a model for developing effective partnerships between faith-based organizations and public schools, to address and elevate student achievement. Participants will examine evidence-based information that supports the importance of faith-based organizations partnering with local public schools, particularly in historically-marginalized urban and rural communities. Participants will also explore examples of successful partnerships between faith-based organizations and public schools at a local, regional, and national level. Finally, participants will be asked to develop an initial action plan for moving their learning from theory to practice — in partnership with others in their immediate community. 


Founder - Dr. Irvin Scott 

Program Manager - Jennifer Kilson-Page 

Legal Research Analyst - Dr. Kevin Weaver

Research Assistant - Kristin Luttrell

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