Publication Date: February 10, 2011
This is the dramatic story behind the transformation of Duke University from an isolated, exclusive institution to the dynamic, civically engaged campus that exists today. Better Together examines the first decade of the Duke–Durham Neighborhood Partnership (DDNP) and its involvement with Project HOPE, six quality, community-based afterschool programs. The author uses case studies and extensive interviews with university and community leaders to describe the development of this successful partnership. The text answers many frequently asked questions about how to create partnerships and includes a range of programming activities that educators and community organizers can use to improve their work with all children, especially low-income minority youth.
Barbara C. Jentleson is an assistant professor of the practice in the Program in Education at Duke University. From 2002 to 2010 she was the Director of Project HOPE (Holistic Opportunities Plan for Enrichment).
"A must-read for educators and policymakers who care about improving student performance."
—John Burness, Franklin & Marshall College