Univision TV invited NLU’s Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., distinguished professor of practice, for an on-air interview to talk about community schools.
Azcoitia has released both English- and Spanish-language versions of his recent book, co-authored with Ted Purinton, Ed.D., former chair of NLU’s Department of Educational Leadership. The book is titled “Creating Engagement Between Schools and Their Communities: Lessons from Educational Leaders” (Lexington Books).
In the Spanish-language Univision interview, Azcoitia discussed his time as principal of John Spry Community School and Community Links High School in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, a predominantly Hispanic area. He opened the school in the evenings and on Saturdays so that parents, students and community members could come in for classes, activities, sports, enrichment and engagement. The school became a hub for the community, which fostered democracy and good citizenship, he said.