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Community Outreach Programs & Services

Drexel University School of Education

Foster Relationships with Local Students to Encourage Collaborative Learning

Drexel University's School of Education is committed to strengthening relationships that contribute to our communities through our educational community outreach programs. We accomplish this through our School Work Studio program and West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood initiatives. Through this program, Drexel works with seven schools located near Drexel's University City campus to enrich classroom education and strengthen public school options for local Philadelphia families.

The School of Education's outreach programs work in many ways with community partners and fosters relationships locally and globally.

Our programs engage students and faculty members while fostering collaborative learning.

What is Community Outreach With Drexel University's School of Education?

The mission of Drexel’s School of Education is to train teachers who can one day make a real impact in the lives of students. We get started immediately on this mission by getting involved in our local public schools.

Drexel has partnered with teachers and principals and made changes to assess literacy and math skills, create socialized play programs, and provide the proper technology that will allow students to prosper.

Drexel takes great pride in its community outreach program and the success we have been able to implement in guiding every student towards a better education.

School of Education Community Outreach Initiatives

Drexel University’s School of Education serves students directly through learning enrichment programs at schools located near its campus.

Assisted Schools Initiative

Through a strong and successful partnership with PECO and the Exelon Foundation, Drexel University is able to provide high quality education programs for students at Morton McMichael and Samuel Powel elementary schools. The program aims to improve educational outcomes for students with a particular focus on STEM education. The Assisted Schools Initiative has been credited with improving school climate and providing safe learning environments for students. Current initiatives supported by the program includes providing math coaches and leads at both schools in an effort to improve outcomes in every area of mathematics instruction.

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School Work Studio

The School Work Studio within the School of Education acts as a hub for community partner schools and Drexel University to ensure quality evidence-based learning programs are coordinated and delivered to partner schools. The School Work Studio serves seven public schools in Philadelphia. They are:

  • Alain Locke Elementary
  • Belmont Charter School
  • Martha Washington Elementary
  • Morton McMichael School
  • Samuel Powel Elementary
  • Science Leadership Academy Middle School
  • West Philadelphia High School

Drexel provides a wide range of educational resources to partner schools. Programs include professional development for teachers based on the needs of their individual schools, and fun and educational after school programs. To learn more, visit the School Work Studio or contact Christian Edge at

West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood Initiative

The Promise Neighborhood is a US Department of Education-funded program to support “cradle to career opportunities for children living or attending schools in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. The project is led by Drexel, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia (SDP), People’s Emergency Center, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and over 100 other organizations and service providers. This project intends to create a cradle-to-career continuum of support for children who live or attend school in the Promise Zone, as well as their families and communities. The Promise Zone is roughly 2 square miles that is bounded by 48th street to the west, the Schuylkill River to the East, Girard Avenue to North and Sansom Street to the south. The program seeks to improve education, health, and economic successes for children, their families, and communities.

The initiative has 5 key goals:

  • Children start their education ready to succeed
  • Children thrive in healthy, sage, and stable communities with access to the latest technology in schools and community centers
  • High school student graduate with the skills they need for success
  • High School graduates continue their education and achieve their career goals
  • Measuring and improving progress to these goals

For more information about the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood, please visit our Promise Neighborhood page or email