Las Vegas – Communities In Schools of Nevada (CISN) and Teach For America (TFA) are joining efforts to develop a Collaborative Academy and Wraparound Services Project in turnaround high schools throughout Clark County School District (CCSD). A grant award totaling $6 million for both agencies from Elaine Wynn will fund the first-of-its-kind project over a three-year implementation period. The endeavor aims to significantly improve student academic achievement.
By combining TFA’s high-quality classroom instruction and education support with the comprehensive, streamlined college and career readiness curriculum of CIS Academy and CISN’s integrated student supports, the organizations will jointly work to create significant academic gains for the program’s participants, who are among the most at-risk students in the district. Leveraging the support of these nonprofit organizations and the commitment of CCSD’s Turnaround initiative will help to foster the positive and empowering school-wide culture needed to propel one-star schools to significantly higher performance levels.
This innovative public/private partnership allows both organizations to capitalize on the strengths and expertise of each. The project will serve as a model of collaboration that can be replicated on a national level by CIS affiliates and TFA regions.
“We are extremely pleased to have the unique opportunity to implement this program in our Turnaround Zone schools,” said Dr. Jeffrey Geihs, academic manager of CCSD Turnaround Schools. “I look forward to this partnership between CCSD, CISN and TFA serving as an example, on a national level, of how collaboration, determination and creative thinking can change academic outcomes on a larger scale.”
This collaboration is projected to provide services for 7,200 students in the first year; 12,000 students in the second year; and 17,400 students in the third, through the combination of integrated student support and academic instruction.
CISN and TFA will thoroughly evaluate procedures and internal data analysis and there will be an independent, third-party evaluation of the project conducted by Applied Analysis, Nevada’s leading professional research and analysis services firm, to ensure continued success and progress.
“We are excited to test this very pragmatic approach to combining forces for even more positive outcomes,” said Elaine Wynn. “We are confident that we will learn a great deal from it.”
Communities In Schools of Nevada is the local affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization and is Nevada’s most effective intervention program. The CIS mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CISN supports nearly 33,000 students at 43 school sites in Southern Nevada and Northeastern Nevada, connecting them with critical services such as medical and dental care, mental health services, food, clothing, tutoring, career exploration, academic development and other programs. CIS uniquely provides the services on campus, with a full-time site coordinator to advocate for at-risk students at partner schools. CIS connects community resources to children and youth using a research-proven model that decreases dropout and increases graduation. Nationwide, CIS provides services in 2,400 schools in the most challenged communities, in 27 states and the District of Columbia, benefitting nearly 1.3 million young people and their families every year. For more information, please see our website http://www.cisnevada.org.
About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 11,000 corps members are teaching in 48 urban and rural regions across the country while 32,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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