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HISD Superintendent & Leadership Team Visit UHD Campus


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Recently, UHD’s College of Public Service (CPS) hosted the Houston Independent School District (HISD) Superintendent and his leadership team for a special meeting.

The goal of this meeting was to connect UHD President Loren J. Blanchard and HISD Superintendent Millard House II around each entity’s shared missions related to educational justice and equity.

“We believe our success around the ability to serve the students in Houston is intertwined,” said Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, Dean of CPS. “We hope to partner further and collaborate to better serve the families and students in Houston.”

Representing HISD at the meeting were Jeremy Grant-Skinner, Chief Talent Officer, and Dr. Shawn Bird, Chief Academic Officer. UHD attendees included Blanchard, Schwartz, Dr. Scott Marzilli, Special Assistant to the President, and Dr. Lizette Burks, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Urban Education.HISD Visit2

Discussion topics included teacher shortage and opportunities for expanding and developing CPS’ Grow Your Own Program; ways UHD can support some of the feeder patterns in the area while collaborating with HISD; and ways to support CPS culture at HISD. Ultimately, the next step for HISD and CPS is to create a concrete plan for collaboration.

“Our Department of Urban Education in the College of Public Service is already deeply connected to the Houston Independent School District,” said Schwartz. “We are excited to continue to deepen this partnership to train effective teachers, serve the students and families of Houston, and impact educational outcomes of Houston students.”

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.