Elaine’s Blog

The University of Pennsylvania and Systemic Change in Urban Schools

In this time of disease, racial reckoning, and economic challenge, the University of Pennsylvania’s announcement of $100 million invested over the next 10 years in Philadelphia public schools is a game-changer. It is a tangible example of systemic change at the most fundamental level. The funds will remove lead, asbestos, and other toxins, making it …

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Elaine Maimon From the Heart: Here’s What I Believe

I’m a Philadelphia girl, born in West Philadelphia, educated K-12 in city public schools, attaining my BA, MA, and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Through my career as a university faculty member and administrator, I’ve had the privilege to live and become an active part of the community in many great cities:  Chicago, Anchorage, …

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Strengthen Humanities Courses

It was significant enough for a front-page headline in the Tribune, “Colleges are dropping courses in the humanities” (10/5/2020).  The case in point is Illinois Wesleyan (IWU), a private, not-for-profit university serving about 1600 students in Bloomington, Illinois. IWU’s President is Georgia Nugent, a distinguished humanities scholar, an experienced administrator, and a career-long defender of …

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