The power of possibilities

Imagine going to class each week not in a lecture hall, but in an elementary school classroom. Or health clinic. Or food pantry. Or maker space. That’s the idea behind 3 to PhD®  – an integrated, immersive learning partnership between Concordia University, Portland Public Schools’ Faubion School, Trillium Family Services, basics (formerly Pacific Foods), and Kaiser Permanente — a partnership designed to close the opportunity gap and ensure that every child can fulfill their potential. The collective vision, years in the making, is for a safer, healthier, and better educated community— something that can be replicated anywhere in the nation and beyond.

The home of this groundbreaking new model is a three-story, 138,000 square foot 3 to PhD facility, serving up to 800 pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade students and home to Concordia’s College of Education, students, faculty, and staff. From day one, Concordia students from every degree program will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their field while making an appreciable difference in the lives of Faubion students and families. At Concordia, our mission as a Christian university is to prepare leaders for the transformation of society. The 3 to PhD initiative is our mission in action — working collaboratively to strengthen the community from the ground up.

Students working with students to improve outcomes for all

Every day, dozens of college students from Concordia University help – and learn – at Faubion School. They serve as mentors, tutors, and one-on-one reading coaches. They teach art class, lead recess, demonstrate scientific theories, and run a food club. Welcome to 3 to PhD! Concordia students gain unparalleled experience in their fields. Faubion students gain reading skills, life skills, and the confidence that comes from having even more adults who care about them and are invested in their educational success. It’s a win-win for everyone involved – including parents, families, and the surrounding community.

 3to PhD means creating safer, healthier, and more educated communities – from prenatal care during the first trimester (3) to Pursuing your Highest Dreams (PhD).

The 3 to PhD Campus

Home of preK-8 Faubion School and Concordia College of Education

Meeting and gathering spot – the heartbeat of the community

Early childhood education center

Kaiser Permanente 3 to PhD Wellness Center

Food club offering low-cost organic and nutritious food

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) maker space

For students in Concordia’s College of Education, 3 to PhD means being fully immersed in an elementary school setting beginning their first day in college. Concordia education students learn how to be effective teachers by watching, learning, and doing – often inside a real elementary school class. Students also serve as reading tutors and help out in classrooms. And since the entire College of Education is embedded inside a school, students will also have the opportunity to interact with parents, administrators, and support staff, experiencing all aspects of daily life in a school environment.

Tijera Johnson ’19

“At the end of this past school year at Faubion, I went to help the teachers pack up their classrooms. There were also some students from another Portland university helping with cleanup that day, and they told me how they haven’t had any classroom experience yet – even though they were heading into their senior year. I was like ‘Wow, I’ve been in the classroom for my whole program!’ ”

Tijera Johnson ’19Secondary Education

“At the end of this past school year at Faubion, I went to help the teachers pack up their classrooms. There were also some students from another Portland university helping with cleanup that day, and they told me how they haven’t had any classroom experience yet – even though they were heading into their senior year. I was like ‘Wow, I’ve been in the classroom for my whole program!’ ”

Tijera Johnson ’19
Secondary Education

For students in Concordia’s School of Management, 3 to PhD provides a variety of business and marketing opportunities, including a chance to engage in every aspect of the program’s food club – from logistics and budgets to resource management and marketing — all while learning about organizational structures.

Kate Borek ’17

“As a class project, we studied the 3 to PhD model as a whole. It’s an amazing example of the community coming together for a great cause. During an internship, I was able to be the social media coordinator for the project, helping to establish guidelines for moving forward. I love that with 3 to PhD, Concordia students can say ‘These are my strengths, how can I help?’ ”

Kate Borek ’17Marketing

“As a class project, we studied the 3 to PhD model as a whole. It’s an amazing example of the community coming together for a great cause. During an internship, I was able to be the social media coordinator for the project, helping to establish guidelines for moving forward. I love that with 3 to PhD, Concordia students can say ‘These are my strengths, how can I help?’ ”

Kate Borek ’17
Marketing

For students in Concordia’s College of Health and Human Services, 3 to PhD gives students a chance to put what they learn in the classroom into action as servant leaders in the community. Concordia students work with Faubion students on health, nutrition, and fitness activities. These experiences are integrated into the coursework, practicum, student research, and volunteer opportunities that challenge Concordia students to become transformational leaders.

Kayla Blood ’18

“I helped create the Faubion Youth Advisory Council, where a group of  7th and 8th graders explored what it means to be advocates and leaders – at school and in their communities. We also defined what ‘wellness’ means to all students at Faubion, including physical, emotional, mental, and social wellness, and the students presented their findings to a group of 3 to PhD leaders. Students told me how much they appreciated the Council felt they had the freedom to say whatever they wanted because we had created a forum where they were safe and secure. To me, this is what 3 to PhD is all about – creating a safe environment where all students can grow and prosper.”

Kayla Blood ’18Social Work

“I helped create the Faubion Youth Advisory Council, where a group of  7th and 8th graders explored what it means to be advocates and leaders – at school and in their communities. We also defined what ‘wellness’ means to all students at Faubion, including physical, emotional, mental, and social wellness, and the students presented their findings to a group of 3 to PhD leaders. Students told me how much they appreciated the Council felt they had the freedom to say whatever they wanted because we had created a forum where they were safe and secure. To me, this is what 3 to PhD is all about – creating a safe environment where all students can grow and prosper.”

Kayla Blood ’18
Social Work

For students in Concordia’s College of Arts and Sciences, 3 to PhD gives undergraduates the opportunity to teach in interactive science labs, help students perfect their reading and writing skills, and expand opportunities to explore the arts. Graduate students will be able to hone their assessment and research skills.

Bryan Evans ’17

“I’ve been helping the 3 to PhD evaluation team organize a workable path to achieving their goals and outcomes for the children and provide the tools needed to evaluate the effectiveness of their efforts. A lot of work has gone into ensuring that this program meets the needs of Faubion students and families, and to see something this big become a reality is very exciting.”

Bryan Evans ’17MA Community Psychology

“I’ve been helping the 3 to PhD evaluation team organize a workable path to achieving their goals and outcomes for the children and provide the tools needed to evaluate the effectiveness of their efforts. A lot of work has gone into ensuring that this program meets the needs of Faubion students and families, and to see something this big become a reality is very exciting.”

Bryan Evans ’17
MA Community Psychology

Sheryl Reinisch

“This partnership is the perfect example of a community bound together to enhance the lives of children and families through academics, health, nutrition, and safety.”

Sheryl ReinischDean, Concordia University College of Education

You’re invited!

Please join us for the Grand Opening of Faubion School + Concordia University, a 3 to PhD community.

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Tuesday, August 29  |  3-5 pm

It’s your chance to explore the new Faubion K-8 campus, including Concordia’s College of Education, the Kaiser Permanente 3 to PhD Wellness Center, an early childhood education center, STEAM and  maker spaces, a food club with nutritious, organic options from basics, and more.

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It’s the perfect time to become part of the 3 to PhD revolution that will mean so much to our community for generations to come.

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