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Archived News and Events

 March 4, 2008: ONE Massachusetts: Building Public Trust in Government
Lambert Works To Improve Public View of Government [PDF]
(Fall River Herald News, March 5, 2008)

March 28, 2008: SouthCoast Manufacturing Roundtable
Read Manufacturing an Industry’s Future [PDF]
(Fall River Herald News, March 29, 2008)

May 19, 2008: Gateway Cities Compact Signing
Learn more about this event:  Gateway Cities Compact Signing

June 12, 2008: Presentation to the Newly Formed Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus at the State House

By invitation from Representative Antonio Cabral (New Bedford), a presentation on the Gateway Cities was delivered by Ed Lambert before the members and staff of this newly–formed legislative caucus. The opportunity to speak with these members of the Massachusetts House and Senate allowed the Urban Initiative to promote its work with MassINC and officials from the eleven Gateway communities and discuss ways in which the legislative delegations can become active participants in these ongoing efforts.

July 16, 2008: Presentation/Question & Answer Session Before the Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus at the State House

By invitation from the co–chairs of the Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus, Representative Antonio Cabral (New Bedford) and Senator Stephen Buoniconti (Springfield), the Urban Initiative’s Director, Ed Lambert, joined MassINC’s Executive Vice President, John Schneider, in making a second presentation to caucus members on the research that was part of MassINC’s report, Reconnecting Massachusetts Gateway Cities and answering several questions from caucus members regarding specific policy areas that could be improved to help to the Gateway Cities.

October 2, 2008: An Evening with Secretary Paul Reville
Learn more about this event: An Evening with Secretary Reville

October 3, 2008: Massachusetts Gateway Cities Conference
Learn more about this event: Gateway Cities Conference

October 16, 2008: Springfield Community Forum
As a part of its on–going project with MassINC in the City of Springfield, the Urban Initiative and MassINC hosted an open community forum to provide residents and stakeholders in the community and opportunity to share their thoughts on a vision for Springfield’s future as it relates to community and economic development. Remarks from Springfield’s Mayor, Domenic Sarno, helped to kick off the event that nearly 100 residents of Springfield and surrounding communities attended at Springfield’s Central High School. Learn more: The Springfield Economic Growth Initiative

April 9, 2009: Dropout Prevention in the SouthCoast Report Release
After several months of conducting research and data collection on the troubling issue of high dropout rates in the SouthCoast region of Massachusetts, the Urban Initiative released its much anticipated report entitled Dropout Prevention in the SouthCoast: Choosing a New Path to Economic Prosperity. The extensive study of dropout rates and its implications on the region was commissioned by the SouthCoast Development Partnership in response to concerns that economic development in the region is significantly hampered by high rates of school dropout, particularly in the region’s two cities of Fall River and New Bedford. The report emphasized the need for the entire region to recognize this challenge as one that cannot be overcome by schools alone, but that in order to combat rising rates of dropout, each community in the SouthCoast must begin to acknowledge their role, interest, and investment in the region as intrinsically tied to the destiny of neighboring communities - particularly on the issue of dropout prevention. In providing recommendations to the SouthCoast Development Partnership and the region’s schools in the area of dropout rate reduction, the Urban Initiative’s study turned to the nationally-recognized research and work of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) at Clemson University. While the NDPC/N offers 15 strategies for dropout prevention, the Urban Initiative’s research team measured the strategies across several internal and external scales to determine which five strategies the region should focus on in the near future as a way to have a considerable impact on high school dropout rates. These five strategies include: Mentoring/Tutoring, Family Engagement, Early Childhood Education, Career & Technology Education, and School-Community Collaboratives.

Channel 10 News Video Report: “Community Leaders Aim to Combat Dropout Rate”

Report Tracks Wider Effects of Dropping Out [PDF] (Fall River Herald News, April 9, 2009)

UMass Dartmouth Report Laments City Schools ‘Disturbing’ Dropout Problem  [PDF]
(New Bedford Standard Times, April 10, 2009)

A Societal Problem [PDF] (Fall River Herald News Editorial, April 10, 2009)

Demographics Are Not Destiny [PDF] Guest Opinion Piece from Meg Mayo-Brown, Fall River Superintendent of Schools (Fall River Herald News, April 12, 2009)

Keep them in School [PDF] (New Bedford Standard Times Editorial, April 14, 2009)

Show the Way [PDF] (New Bedford Standard Times Editorial, April 15, 2009)

UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative enters Partnership with NDPC/N at Clemson University [PDF] UMass Dartmouth Office of Communications

UMD, National Dropout Prevention Center Team  [PDF] (Fall River Herald News, April 9, 2009)

April 9, 2009: Chancellor Jean MacCormack Announces Affiliation with the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University

As the Urban Initiative released its report on Dropout Prevention in the SouthCoast, Chancellor Jean MacCormack also unveiled a new partnership with the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) at Clemson University. The affiliation is the culmination of several months of discussion between Chancellor MacCormack, the Urban Initiative’s Director, Ed Lambert, the Executive Director of the NDPC/N, Dr. Jay Smink, and Representative Stephen Canessa, who currently serves as a board member on the NDPC/N Executive Board. As a board member, Representative Canessa was integral in informing the Chancellor of the NDPC/N’s plans to seek national satellite affiliates with other institutions across the nation to expand the scope and reach of their research and work. Working quickly and in a collaborative fashion, UMass Dartmouth was able to sign the first affiliation agreement with the NDPC/N making the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative the first satellite affiliate in the nation. As a part of the affiliation, the Urban Initiative will become engaged in the work and projects of the NDPC/N and serve as a collaborator in its national efforts to reduce dropout rates. The NDPC/N will likewise become involved in the work of the Urban Initiative as it relates to urban education and dropout prevention by providing tools and support that will allow the University and the Urban Initiative to bring the NDPC/N’s resources and expertise to bear for the benefit of our region.

The Urban Initiative thanks Chancellor MacCormack and Representative Canessa for their leadership and effort in this significant endeavor.

Learn more about the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network

National Dropout Prevention Center & The Urban Initiative
Team Up to Produce Webcast on the Role of Elected
Officials in Dropout Prevention

NDPC Webcast to Feature Urban Initiative Director, Edward M. Lambert, Jr.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 3:00 PM

NDPC Webcast

February 4, 2011: Learning for Growth: Gateway Cities Education Summit
The Beechwood Hotel
Worcester, MA

Sponsored and organized by the Urban Initiative, the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, this first-ever summit on education in the Gateway Cities served as a first step in our efforts to develop a policy agenda around education and workforce development issues. The event featured a keynote address from Governor Deval Patrick and a spirited panel disucssion that included Secretary of Education Paul Reville, Mayor Scott Lang of New Bedford, Representative Marty Walz, Superintendent Alan Ingram, and President of the Massachusetts Teachers' Association Paul Tonter. The event was attended by Mayors, City Managers, Superintendents, and Economic Development Directors from across the 11 Gateway Cities as well as nearly 150 educators and stakeholders from throughout the Commonwealth whose work directly impacts teaching and learning in our state's urban communities.

For further information, copies of presentations, and media clips, please click on the following link: Learning for Growth