International Workshop: Insights from North America

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Sarah Backhouse / Philippa Chandler

Online Workshop

International Workshop

Schools as Community Hubs:
Insights from Australia and North America  

Thursday, April 22, 2021

9 - 11 am, Melbourne, Australia

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

4 – 6 pm Seattle, Vancouver | 6 – 8 pm Chicago, Winnipeg | 7 – 9 pm New York, Toronto

Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs is a three-year Australian Research Council Linkage Project investigating how best to plan, design, govern and manage schools to operate successfully as ‘more than a school’, encouraging the development of resilient and connected communities.

Purpose of the workshop

This research-focussed workshop aims to investigate the opportunities and challenges experienced by community-facing schools including community schools, full-service schools and integrated schools. With a particular interest in the role of social infrastructure/facilities in supporting the operations of schools that function as community hubs, we are seeking insights into effective strategies for planning, designing, governing, and managing co-located or shared facilities on or near school sites in the USA and Canada.

This 'expert elicitation' workshop offers an opportunity to connect with research findings from the Australian context and the chance to compare these with research and practice-based insights from North America. In the process, we hope to foster an international Community of Practice around a shared interest in schools that operate as community hubs.

The workshop will be run via Zoom and facilitated by Dr Benjamin Cleveland from the University of Melbourne, along with colleagues Professor Janet Clinton, Associate Professor Clare Newton, Associate Professor Ian McShane (RMIT), and Dr Philippa Chandler. The two-hour program will include small-group discussions and interactive activities.

Who can get involved?

If you have experience in developing and/or supporting the ongoing operations of community-facing schools, we welcome your participation. We are looking to engage with a broad range of 'experts', including those involved in research, evaluation, planning, design, program delivery, operations, facility management, and policy development.

How do I participate?

We invite you to email us at to indicate your interest in participating. Please include a short description of your relevant experience and we will respond as soon as we can. Please note, participant numbers at this workshop are limited.

More about us

You can read more about the project and our research team on our website, or read some of our research outputs via the links below.

Our first Australian SaCH workshop

Proceedings of the Schools as Community Hubs International Conference 2020

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This research is supported under Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects funding scheme [LP170101050]. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Australian Research Council.

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