Company/Organization/Educational Entity: University of Pennsylvania
Bio: For the past 19 years Bob has served as the Director of K-12 Outreach and Equity Leadership Initiatives in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
He has brought to this role many years of distinguished experience in educational leadership and organizational change in K-12 education through district-wide leadership development, educational equity policy development and targeted systemic district/school organizational change initiatives.
His current professional interests and activities as Director of the Penn Coalition for Educational Equity, have involve working with national professional and advocacy organizations, researchers and educational equity policy leaders to build school districts’ capacities to better serve the learning and developmental needs of their increasing numbers of challenged and underperforming diverse learners. The quest has been to eliminate the historic and pervasive gaps we observe in student achievement, attainment and opportunity most often defined by race/ethnicity and poverty.
To this end, Dr. Jarvis’ efforts have focused in the past seventeen years on building collaborative networks of district and school leaders throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Over this time, he has developed multiple Excellence Through Equity Consortia that have supported and served well over 200 urban, suburban and rural school districts, state education department and county education services organizations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Michigan.