Partnership with the University of Cincinnati

Community members who guided the early development of Clifton Area Neighborhood School (CANS) prioritized developing a close connection with the University of Cincinnati (UC), with the goal of integrating current research in our instructional practices. Inspiration was drawn from the Mitchell Scarlett collaboration with the University of Michigan and the Concordia 3 to PhD program

Meet our UC Partners

Dr. Mary Boat, Director of UC School of Education, is also a member of the CANS Local School Decision-Making Committee (LSDMC). 

Dr. Lori Foote, faculty in the School of Education, will oversee the UC-CANS partnership. 

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2019-2020 Partnership Activities

  • An adult classroom space has been incorporated into the renovated CANS building to enable university classes to meet on site. 

  • UC faculty and students helped guide the development of the CANS nature playscape.

  • A faculty member and graduate student team in the UC Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is conducting weekly lessons in all CANS classrooms. These supplement CPS-provided speech and language support by increasing phonemic awareness and familiarity with linguistic and cultural diversity. 

  • Graduate students in the UC Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literature are teaching Spanish in all K-2 classes. 

  • In a previous school year, an art education class in DAAP (College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning) at UC led art enrichment activities at CANS. That opportunity is now being explored for Spring 2020. 

Future of the partnership

The partnership vision includes UC education students fully integrated into CANS classrooms, UC-supported rotating elective offerings, and UC student and faculty involvement in future CANS projects. It is expected that enrichment activities will be continually evolving in response to the CANS community’s needs and interests, as well as the needs and interests of the many relevant programs at UC.