The Ernest L. Boyer Center at Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania is home to the National Center of the Basic School Network, a national and international school reform initiative in its ninth year of operation. Established in 1994 by the late Ernest L. Boyer, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement Of Teaching, the Network serves as a demonstration project for schools engaged with the framework for renewal described in Boyer's 1995 report on the early years of learning, The Basic School: A Community for Learning.
The Network began as a cohort of 12 funded schools, now numbers over 100 schools. There are several American Overseas Schools in Central America engaged in the work as well. The project is poised for large scale growth as a result of its approval by the U.S. Department of Education as a recommended program for Comprehensive School Reform Grants.
Contact Donald Murk for membership details, (717) 796-5076 or DMurk@messiah.edu.