The Comer Program

A partnership that formed a foundation for success in collaboration with Drury University, Springfield Public Schools, and Yale University.

Drury University, Springfield Public Schools and Yale University joined to bring newfound success to some of Springfield's most challenged schools. The improvement was based on the Yale University Comer School Development Program created by Dr. James Comer. The Comer model creates a school environment dedicated to supporting children as they learn and grow:

  • Learning is an exciting adventure
  • Students, parents and teachers work together
  • Change is good because it brings improvement
  • School and university join to shape national education policies
  • Partner school teachers can earn a masters degree for a reduced rate
  • Everyone is focused on helping children succeed
  • Respect rules the roost