Place-Based School Reform as Method of Creating Shared Urban Spaces: What is It, and What Does it Mean for Universities?

  • D. Gavin Luter Wisconsin Campus Compact
Keywords: School reform, University community partnership, Neighborhoods, Social inequality, Community schools.


In this article, a layered conceptual framework for “place-based school reform” is presented as a way to link the concept of school reform and neighborhood development. Because many universities have been involved in community-school-university partnerships, the university community engagement literature will be connected to this increasingly attractive concept that seeks to both improve academic outcomes and to link a schooling system to a neighborhood. Implications for universities seeking to co-create urban shared spaces are discussed.  

Author Biography

D. Gavin Luter, Wisconsin Campus Compact

Dr. Gavin Luter is Executive Director of Wisconsin Campus Compact. In this role, his practitioner/scholar identity comes to life as he works with faculty, staff, and students to advance the civic mission of higher education.  Gavin's research has been dedicated to studying and creating models for linking school improvement, neighborhood development, and higher education reform.  His forthcoming publications in the Community Schools Journal and in the book Exploring the Community Impact of Research-Practice Partnerships in Education examine the university-assisted community schools model implementation in Knoxville, TN.  


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