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.
- 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.