Have a question? Take a look below at some frequently asked questions.
What makes your nonprofit organization unique in its support for K-12 education?
Our organization uniquely positions itself as a conduit between the business community and the educational ecosystem. Unlike other nonprofits, we champion the business voice, ensuring that it has a representative seat at the table alongside educators. We leverage business industry expertise and influence to advocate for an education system that not only nurtures the intellectual growth of our graduates but also aligns education with the evolving needs of the industry, paving the way for seamless transitions into the workforce.
How does your organization collaborate with educators to enhance the preparedness of graduates?
We facilitate ongoing dialogues and partnerships between business leaders, PCPS leaders, and educators. These collaborations allow educators to gain insights into industry needs, trends, and skills requirements, ensuring that the curriculum is relevant and in tune with the demands of the contemporary job market. Conversely, the business community gains an understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the education system, allowing for more targeted support and involvement.
How do you work with other nonprofits and community entities in supporting K-12 education?
We engage in synergistic collaborations with other nonprofits and community entities to consolidate resources, knowledge, and efforts in uplifting the K-12 education ecosystem. By aligning our objectives and pooling our strengths, we can more effectively address the multifaceted needs of students, educators, and schools, creating a holistic and sustainable impact on education.
Why is the role of the business community pivotal in shaping the future of K-12 education?
The business community brings a wealth of practical knowledge, experience, and resources to the table. By integrating business insights and industry foresight into educational strategies, we can cultivate a learning environment that is both enriching and pragmatic, fostering the development of skills and knowledge that are directly applicable in the professional realm. The business community’s involvement ensures that education is a true reflection of the socio-economic landscape, preparing students to navigate and contribute to it effectively.
What impact has your organization had on influencing education policies and curriculum development?
In the future, LKLD Leads will be initiating policy discussions and reforms that aim to align educational curricula with industry demands. By advocating for the integration of practical, industry-relevant content and learning methodologies, we’ve contributed to the creation of a more responsive and adaptive educational framework. The ongoing dialogue we maintain with policymakers and educators ensures that the curriculum remains dynamic and reflective of the ever-evolving business environment.
How can interested businesses and individuals get involved and contribute to your mission?
Interested entities can engage with us through membership or strategic partnerships in various avenues such as mentorship programs, workshops, policy discussions, and financial contributions. By offering their expertise, insights, and resources, businesses and individuals can play a pivotal role in shaping educational experiences and outcomes. We welcome business leaders and community partnerships that drive innovation in education and empower students to realize their fullest potential in alignment with the needs of the contemporary world.
What research has been done and what other nonprofits have been successful with a similar initiative?
Good Reason Houston (GRH) is a similar non-profit organization whose mission and vision is to increase the number of students learning in great public schools so that every child, in every neighborhood, excels in a world-class public school and thrives in the Houston of tomorrow. GRH works closely with campus and district leaders to transform the quality of low-performing campuses through school improvement initiatives that support high-quality curriculum and instruction and school turnaround model design and implementation like ACE. Their goal was to increase the number of quality seats by 25% by 2025, which equated to 60,000 more students attending A and B-rated schools. Since 2019, the number of students attending high-quality schools has increased to over 95,000 students.
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