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Evans Community School

Evans Community School
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The National Center for Community Schools in New York City highlighted a recent visit by a central Florida contingency in its news publication, Partnership Press (April 2015 issue).

The group included architects and urban designers who will be designing a new pre-school−grade 8 community school in the Parramore area of Orlando for Orange County Public Schools.

The intensive two-day study visit was co-designed and co-coordinated by Nancy Ellis, director of UCF's Center for Community Partnerships, and Hersilia Méndez, director of communication and external affairs for the National Center for Community Schools.

"The visit was extremely insightful," said participant Carlos Barrios, a principal and architect with Baker Barrios in Orlando. "It helped us form a better understanding of what makes a community school a success for students, parents and other stakeholders."

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Partnership Press Article - April 2015


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If we can change the system and bring people together to have the right kind of conversations, then we can really make a long-term change in people's lives -- and that is the goal.
— Nancy Ellis,  CCP Director
The idea is to form a long-term partnership in the community that, over time, can have a significant impact on improving the lives of children and families.
— Dean Michael Frumkin,  Dean of the College of Health and Public Affairs
SYNERGY…that’s the word that comes to mind. Without the collaborations facilitated by the Center for Community Partnerships we would not have been able to produce results for kids.
— Raymond Larsen,  Children’s Community Services Director, Heart of Florida United Way
We could not have implemented the Evans Community School without the vast resources and expertise of the committed and dedicated staff.
— Charlene Sears-Tolbert,  Children’s Home Society of Florida, Evans Community School Director
“The Center for Community Partnerships has been a real treasure for Central Florida. They have helped so many organizations, established needed services, and given the community a welcome link to the University.”
— Linda Sutherland,  Healthy Start
I am in awe of the amount of time, patience, and expertise that the CCP has expended during our joint project with OCPS in developing the Evans Community School. Dr. Ellis and Dean Frumkin are tireless advocates who...
— David Bundy,  President/CEO, Children’s Home Society of Florida
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