Partnership Schools director accepts foundation role in New York City

John K. DiPaolo, executive director of Temple’s Partnership Schools Program, has been named the executive director of the Beginning with Children’s Foundation.

“John has been an outstanding director of Temple University’s Partnership Schools Program,” said Kent McGuire, dean of Temple’s College of Education. “His work led to higher math and reading scores and stronger community support in some of Philadelphia’s most challenged schools. John will be missed, but this is a wonderful opportunity for him and we wish him all the best.”

The Beginning with Children Foundation was founded in 1989 to create an innovative public school model designed to nurture academic achievement and individual growth by incorporating performance and fiscal accountability, ongoing student assessment and self-evaluation and reflection. The foundation operates two charter schools in Brooklyn.

With DiPaolo’s departure, the College of Education will review its organizational structure for the Partnership Schools Program before deciding how to move forward, McGuire said. He pointed out that Temple has a long history of involvement with the Philadelphia public schools near campus and is proud of the work done with the Dunbar, Duckery, Ferguson and Meade schools in recent years.

As the Philadelphia School District assesses future roles for external school managers, Temple will work closely with the district, McGuire said.