Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative
The Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative for Critical Urban Studies was founded in September 2014 to honor the lifework and vision of Dr. Leonard Kaplan, an uncompromising advocate for the social and affective well-being of the "whole child" in America's schools. The Kaplan Collaborative will carry forward his legacy by producing high-quality and interdisciplinary locally-relevant research for community organizations, educational stakeholders, regional education reporters, educational policy makers, and peer-reviewed journals.
A founding principle of the Kaplan Collaborative is our belief that university faculty have a responsibility, as public servants, to enrich public dialogue in support of the public good.
2017 John L. Blackburn Award
On Friday, June 9, 2017, Jerome Neuner the Vice Chairperson for awards of the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) presented William Hill, Assistant Dean for Administrative and Organizational Studies on behalf of the Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative for Critical Urban Studies, with the 2017 John L. Blackburn Award at their seminar and awards luncheon held in New Orleans. The Wayne State University College of Education initiative encourages faculty to explore important topics in education with the community.
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