Johns Hopkins SOE, Morgan State to run East Baltimore Community School

From the JHU Gazette

East Baltimore Community School students returned to classes last week, albeit a few days later than expected due to power outages, courtesy of Hurricane Irene. After the back-to-school shock wore off, the students surely noticed the school’s new crop of teachers, the spruced-up classrooms and hallways, and perhaps the new leadership.

The real changes, however, are only just getting started—and Johns Hopkins will be there every step of the way.

If all goes according to plan, the small contract school will become a showcase for best teaching practices and stand as a model for urban-based K-8 education.

Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, in partnership with Morgan State University’s School of Education and Urban Studies, assumed operating responsibilities for the school on Aug. 8.

Specifically, Johns Hopkins has taken over the day-to-day operation of the school through a contract with the school’s board. Morgan State will assume the primary governance representation of the partnership.

David Andrews, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Education, is leading a committee in a national search to select a new principal. Carol Deloatch, who previously served as the school’s assistant principal, will lead the school in the interim.

Andrews said that the new partnership cements Johns Hopkins’ long-term commitment to the East Baltimore Community School and the desire to transform it into the highest-performing school in the district.

“We have the capacity to do that. We have some of the most progressive education reform thinkers here who can implement programs with a track record of success,” Andrews said. “Johns Hopkins is involved with this school because we can make a difference. We are committed to reducing the achievement gap and making this a demonstration site of best practices. We like to say this is a small school that will leave a big footprint.”


David Andrews Portrait