In this paper, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium lays out a regional strategy for fostering innovative workforce development.
Thank you for visiting our new website. It officially launched on February 5th of 2014. We are excited about the website itself, which was designed by http://thor-studio.com, and about our mission.
To make it really simple, on the education side, we are pursuing more dramatic and faster improvements to student achievement in the District’s public and charter schools. Every research effort we make and every program we conduct or underwrite must show a direct and measurable line to improved academic performance. We have initially launched several programs such as our after-school computer programming classes that we are confident will improve student achievement in both the short-run and over time.
While our immediate goal is a 100% graduation rate from high school, that ultimately is not enough. Each District 12th grader must graduate from a District high school properly prepared for a four-year college career, success in a post secondary technical training program, an apprenticeship, a career in the military, or a living-wage job in the local economy.
On the workforce development side of our efforts, we strive to ensure that every District resident has the skills needed to command a true living wage.
We are very much looking for volunteers to help administer and run our programs. If you would be interested in volunteering, click on the “Get Involved” button at the top of this page. If you would be interested in making a financial contribution to help us advance our research agenda and programming, click on the “Contribute” button at the top of this page.
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Economic Growth DC Foundation
We are pleased to announce that our website is officially live. Now it’s time to get down to work. Please take some time to explore the site. There will be much more content to follow shortly. We are working on the launch of several programs. Visit the Programs page for details. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @EGDCFoundation, or you can click on the Twitter icon at the bottom of this page. Also be sure to like us on Facebook (also at the bottom of the page), LinkedIn, and Google+.
Here is our 90 Day Plan:
- Roll out our Code4Life after school computer programming class
- Develop the curriculum for our high-school level leadership development training class
- Put on a middle-school and high school debate tournament in partnership with the DC Urban Debate League
One Year Plan
- Raise enough money to implement our Year 1-2 strategy
The Economic Growth DC Foundation is accepting applications for a Director of Education. The Director will be responsible for all of our efforts in education research and policy. The Director will also work closely with our executive director to oversee aspects of our education programming. The foundation intends to use cutting edge education policy research to guide our work. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for organizing existing research in areas in which we focus, as well as conducting original research in support of our efforts to improve student achievement. Interested applicants should submit a resume and writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Economic Growth DC Foundation is seeking an intern for the spring semester. Applicants must be at least a sophomore at a District college or university and must be majoring in business or political science. Applicants must have a strong interest in the District’s public and charter school system. See the link below for details. Interested applicants should submit their resume via email to email@example.com.
The current high school graduation rate in the District of Columbia is in the 55% range. One of Economic Growth DC’s goals is a 100% high school graduation rate. Anything less is unacceptable. But is that enough? In this post on Greater Greater Washington, contributor Natalie Wexler details her experience tutoring DCPS high schoolers in writing. Youngsters should graduate from DCPS high schools ready to do one four things: a) succeed in college; b) succeed in a 2 year technical/apprentice program; c) enter a career in the military; or 4) work a living wage job.
Employers at all skill levels are looking for a few things when weighing a new employee: 1) Can this applicant think critically? 2) Can this applicant problem solve? and 3) Can this applicant collaborate and work as part of a team?
The ability to write effectively is critical to all these attributes. If we are graduating groups of seniors who are incapable of expressing themselves clearly in writing, we are failing them once again,
A dramatic improvement in student achievement is a goal near the top of the list for Economic Growth DC. A 100% high school graduation rate is an aggressive goal, but it’s the only result that’s acceptable. Our public education system needs to produce 18 year old’s who are prepared to attend college, prepared for a technical school, prepared for a career in the military, or prepared to work a living wage job. Anything else is letting all of us down. Our current graduation rate is about 55%. That means 45% of the young people we produce in the District are more likely to be unemployed and underemployed and less likely to earn a living wage. A living wage job is what makes a person a consumer. And consumers drive economic activity through their consumption. So, no diploma most likely means no job, no money and no consumption. For us, education is clearly and directly an issue that effects economic growth.
The chairman of the DC City-Council’s education committee wants the international law firm of Hogan Lovells to perform $400,000 worth of research which would used to inform his decisions about education reform legislation. This strikes us as a perfectly reasonable use of public dollars, but for a reason that is not overly clear to us, Councilmember Catania wants private money to pay for the research. If this research paves the way for education reform legislation that will lead to serious improvements in student achievement, then we support it.