The Canevin Center for Educational Transformation and Social Justice in the School of Education at Duquesne University, was built from an organic process that used the knowledge and experience not just from faculty, but from Pittsburgh's community leaders, urban youth, foundations and philanthropists, parents, teachers, and government officials whose personal and professional work gave wisdom and guidance to social justice teaching and educational reform.
After more than two years of community forums hosted by the Canevin Center and the School of Education, Rep. Dave Reed (R--Indiana, PA) led a candid and profound discussion with nearly 75 of these community leaders and teachers, on poverty and educational transformation. Majority Leader Reed had authored a groundbreaking report called "Beyond Poverty," and his quest of working across all party lines and county geographies, paralleled the work being done in the Canevin Center. A section of his report that focused on education and educational transformation mirrored the work being done by the Canevin Center and there was hope that collaboration and advocacy for the same cause would result in transformative outcomes.
It already has.
Read more from the final report of the Canevin Center to Rep. Dave Reed, from the Canevin Center's community forum in October of 2015.