What is 3 to PhD®?
3 to PhD® is a trailblazing educational model to create safer, healthier and more educated communities from early learning through Pursuing one’s Highest Dreams (PhD). The goal is to close the opportunity gap for the most vulnerable children and families. 3 to PhD® restores school as the heartbeat of a community and includes:
- wrap-around services for children and families
- early childhood education
- health & wellness programs
- STEAM (science, technology engineering, arts and math) educational opportunities
- one-on-one tutors, mentors and coaches from Concordia
Faubion School and Concordia University have been neighbors in education for 63 years, sharing 24 adjacent acres in Northeast Portland.
Voters approved a Portland Public Schools (PPS) capital improvement bond in November, 2012. PPS is Oregon’s largest district with over 48,000 students. Faubion School was the only elementary school slated for rebuild because of the private, nonprofit partnership with Concordia University-Portland.
The two educational facilities will co-build the first 3-PhD® campus in the nation, which will serve nearly 800 PK-8 children, 81% of whom are eligible to receive free and reduced lunch. Concordia’s College of Education will be located inside the school, preparing future educators within a diverse, urban and low-income school.
Working together to improve student outcomes
The College of Education at Concordia University is one of the largest and most respected in the U.S. CU education students already serve as tutors, coaches and mentors at Faubion, and also conduct their field experience at Faubion School.
“This is good for Concordia University, for Portland Public Schools and for Portland – this is how we turn hope into opportunity.”
— Mayor Charlie Hales, City of Portland