Alumna draws on Penn State experience to assist Florida school district

When Rebecca Burns was asked to help solve voluminous organizational problems in a Tampa, Florida, school district, she drew on the abundant, hands-on experience she accumulated from Penn State’s Professional Development School program.

The assistant professor at the University of South Florida was tasked with forming a collaboration between USF and Mort Elementary, a sprawling, cinder-block school surrounded by palm trees and shade trees but squarely lodged in an impoverished area plagued by alarmingly high crime rates and drug issues.

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Jake Burns