In December 2006, a group of about 10 directors of programs with private/public partnerships launched what would later be called Private Schools with Public Purpose (PSPP). The idea began with a conversation between Carl Ackerman and Milton Chen. Chen, then director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), suggested that key individuals in the private school community meet together at the George Lucas Headquarters in San Francisco, to share ideas about their respective programs in order to promote the creation of more programs both regionally and nationally. The collaboration began with a shared vision of private schools leveraging resources, networks, and knowledge for the benefit of our larger communities.

After several more symposia/conferences in places such as Oakland, Honolulu, San Francisco, Seattle, and Baltimore, we have now established an effective model of collaborative partnership both regionally and nationally. In partnership with many others in the communities we serve, and on behalf of all our children, we continue with our original vision.

PSPP's vision:
  • To serve all our students by forming partnerships within school communities (private, public, charter, home-schools), nonprofits, foundations, businesses, and any other entity that can support students;
  • To work on such partnerships by supporting local conferences that draw on national examples of successful partnering practices.

Call for proposals

We are now accepting applications from individuals who are interested in leading a workshop at PSPP 2020. This year's theme, Vision 2020: Partnerships Today and Beyond, emphasizes the need to broaden and redefine the meaning of partnership as we build a bold common agenda for the future. We seek to place the advancement of partnership at the center of all that we do, as it has been the core of our success. We strive to partner creatively — building relationships among ourselves and with a range of community actors to leverage all of our resources and expertise to improve education for all. We push to reimagine our own role in such partnerships, recognizing that we are a part of the community and will gain even greater benefit from integrating ourselves more fully. This conference will be an opportunity to learn about what is already working in each of our local contexts, as well as to brainstorm new ideas and initiatives that can expand our impact in the years to come.

Workshop proposals are due by Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. We will review all the proposals and notify applicants of the status of their proposal on Friday, March 6, 2020; commitments will be due by Friday, March 20, 2020.

Proposal timeline

Workshop proposals are due by Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Proposals will be reviewed, and applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal on Friday, March 6, 2020; commitments will be due by Friday, March 20, 2020.

Questions may be directed to pspp2020@polytechnic.org.

Interested in attending?

Please complete this interest form to receive more information once event details and registration are available on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. We look forward to seeing you!

PSPP 2020 executive committee

Jose Melgoza
Upper School History; Executive Director, Partnership for Success!
626-396-6658

Leslie Carmell
Director of Communications
626-396-6345

Cynthia Garcia-Macedonio
Upper School World Languages
626-396-6667

Edward Pickett III
College Counselor; 11/12th Grade Dean
626-396-6623

John Yen
Director of Technology
626-396-6361
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