Episode 17: Jane Quinn, Children’s Aid Society


“We know from lots of research and from lots of experience that the work of helping young people get to productive adulthood is bigger than any one institution can take on.” – Jane Quinn

This episode features Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools for Children’s Aid Society. Jane discusses her diverse career in youth work and education, and the community school movement, which envisions public schools as a hub of educational, social and family supports and resources. Jane has great stories and strong convictions about how local communities and society as a whole needs to prioritize the holistic health of young people.

This episode of Please Speak Freely is dedicated to the memory of Joy Dryfoos, whose research, writing and advocacy invigorated the Community Schools movement.

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Please Speak Freely

On Please Speak Freely, Eric Gurna, founder of Development Without Limits interviews leading thinkers, artists and others to shed light on key issues and explore different perspectives about youth development and education. The idea is to get past the platitudes and institutional positions, and have honest, nuanced conversations about things that really matter to young people and communities. Please Speak Freely guests include:

  • Raffi, Children’s Troubadour and Founder of the Centre for Child Honouring
  • Alfie Kohn, Author of several books including Punished By Rewards and The Schools Our Children Deserve
  • Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education at New York University
  • Karen Pittman, President & CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment
  • Tony Smith, Former Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District
  • Lenore Skenazy, “America’s Worst Mom” and Author of Free-Range Kids

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