The Good Neighbor Partnerships (GNP), a resource of the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), was created to address our mission to positively engage local school districts in the state of Texas. In short, the GNP is not a program but merely a framework that utilizes the fundamental characteristics of successful school-university partnerships to engage K-12 stakeholders, energize evidence-based research and best practices, and employ structured and strategic mechanisms with area school district partners in order to enhance a shared vision and aims.
The Four initiatives
- Engage PreK-12 students, families and teachers from diverse backgrounds and abilities in formal and informal learning contexts
- Energize evidence-based research and best practices to promote capacity building that enhances the curriculum for learners and professional development opportunities for educators
- Employ structured, strategic, equitable, mutually beneficial and sustainable mechanisms for effective school-university engagement
Fundamental Characteristics of Successful School-University Partnerships
- Well-defined administrative structure
- Mutual self-interest and common goals
- Participant commitment and time commitment
- Mutual trust and respect
- External support
- Shared decision-making
- Clear focus
- Information sharing
- Manageable agenda
- Dynamic nature
- Ongoing process of evaluation
(Thorkildsen & Scott Stein, 1996, pp. 83-89)
Educators have a great deal going on in the school-university community — no worries, we’ve got your back. As part of the mission of the College of Education and Human Development, the newsletter of the Good Neighbor Partnerships (GNP) makes it easier for you to keep tabs on educational events and outreach activities that affect your lives; especially when you don’t have the time to follow every event. Printed four times during the academic school year, the Good Neighbors Newsletter is just one small way for us to communicate and celebrate our school-university activities.
The faculty in the College of Education and Human Development have created a wide variety of coursework and professional development (PD) opportunities designed to support the professional growth of K-12 teachers / coaches, administrators and support staff.
The registry for the Good Neighbor Project serves as a repository for all of the school-university engagement activities carried out by CEHD faculty at the local, state, national and international levels.
- Looking for a specific CEHD faculty member?
- Looking for a CEHD faculty member with particular expertise?
- Registry Portal for CEHD Faculty and Staff
Due to our proximity to the Bryan Independent School District, it is one of our premier school partners. The Good Neighbor Project is a splinter initiative of the Good Neighbor Partnerships. The Project is a recognition of our special school-university relationship with Bryan ISD as evidenced by the number of annual student placements and engagement activities.
Starting in the spring of 2020, educators in local school districts and in CEHD are invited to nominate outstanding colleagues to receive one of the Good Neighbors (GN) Awards. As part of the Good Neighbor Partnerships initiative, CEHD leadership seeks to recognize educators in the Brazos Valley for their superlative work as P-12 classroom teachers, mentors, coaches and educational leaders. In 2020, teachers and leaders will be honored and, starting in 2021, athletic coaches will also be celebrated.
The timeline to submit a nomination for the GN Awards October 30 – December 18, 2019
- Nominations are accepted October 30, 2019 and due by noon on December 18, 2019.
- Winners will be announced on the second Friday in January 2020 and honored at CEHD’s 50th Anniversary Gala on April 25, 2020.
- Nominate a deserving teacher (P-12 classroom teacher, mentor/cooperating teacher, or guidance counselor)
- Nominate a deserving leader (assistant principal, principal, academic director/coordinator, teacher leader, or instructional coach)
For all questions related to the nomination process for the GN Awards, contact Dr. Valarie Hill-Jackson, Assistant Dean of Educator Preparation and School Partnerships.