For details on the activities of our former university partnerships, please read Activities of Former SDP University Partnerships.
The Comer School Development Program (SDP) began as a partnership between the New Haven Public Schools and the Yale Child Study Center. Over the years school-university partnerships have been a key component of the SDP’s strategic dissemination plan. In addition to working closely with schools or school districts, in-service teachers, administrators, and other support personnel on identified professional development needs, faculty from partnering universities often worked directly with the pre-K-12 students in those schools.
Faculty have designed and delivered courses and provided professional experiences for their pre-service teachers and aspiring administrators that emphasize child and adolescent development and the other principles outlined in the SDP’s approach to school organization and management.
Detroit Public Schools and Eastern Michigan University
This partnership began in 1994 and was funded for ten years by the Skillman Foundation.
New Orleans Public Schools and Southern University of New Orleans
The partnership began in 1991 and was funded partially by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Ponce, Puerto Rico and Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico at Ponce
This partnership with the SDP began in 2005 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Springfield (MO) Public Schools and Drury University Department of Education and Child Development
Topeka Public Schools (TPS) and Washburn University, Kansas
Topeka Public Schools' partnership with Washburn University and one of the first SDP school-university partnerships. The leaders of SDP schools in Topeka shared practices through professional development to ensure ongoing implementation of the program.
Westbury Public Schools and Long Island University/C.W. Post, New York
This partnership, formalized in 1996, was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.