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December 15, 1999
Marc Cutright, 410-516-8810
Leslie Rice, 410-516-7160

Disney Awards $500,000 to Hopkins'
Center on School, Family and Community Partnerships

Disney Learning Partnership, a philanthropic initiative of The Walt Disney Co., has awarded $500,000 to the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at The Johns Hopkins University. The grant will accelerate the expansion of the center's National Network of Partnership Schools, which uses research-based strategies to help schools, districts and states organize, implement, and evaluate programs of family and community involvement. More than 1,100 schools, 130 districts, and 13 state departments of education are now working in the network; others are encouraged to join.

"The support from Disney Learning Partnership means we will have the staff necessary to guide a growing network, and to develop new materials to help educators and families work productively to increase student learning," center Director Joyce Epstein said.

The grant will increase the scope and effectiveness of the network's action team training, interactive homework that engages students and parents, innovative Web site features, and the recognition of outstanding partnership programs across the country.

"We're excited about supporting a national network that helps schools, families, and communities work collaboratively to support students' success in school," said Laurie Lang, senior vice president and managing director of Disney Learning Partnership.

Disney Learning Partnership was founded as an outgrowth of Disney's American Teacher Awards, which has honored extraordinary teachers for 10 years. It supports grassroots, innovative efforts of American educators to promote student learning by focusing on teacher recognition and development, collaborative school-wide learning initiatives, and strengthened parent-teacher connections. The Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships is part of the Center for Social Organization of Schools and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

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