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2020

Downtown Rotary helps provide students with home computer access

Education Alliance is excited to announce it has received a $25,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Reno, known as the Downtown Rotary Club. The funds will be used to supply laptops for in-need students for their distance learning.

In March, as ordered by the governor, Washoe County School District Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill announced that all learning in Washoe County could no longer take place in school district facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many students and families have computers to access District-provided online resources, 16,000 students do not have the needed technology at home. WCSD has worked to ensure equitable resources for all students by providing paper packets for students.

Education Alliance quickly joined forces with ITS Logistics and Reno Cigar Lions Club to collect new and used computers, as well as financial donations to purchase laptops in response to the critical need.

“Education Alliance is beyond grateful for the generous gift from Downtown Rotary Club of Reno and we are particularly honored the gift is from the estate of our past president, Jim Pfrommer, whose leadership legacy lives on,” said Kendall Inskip, Education Alliance executive director. “This donation will allow us to purchase 100 laptops for our highest need students so they can connect with their teachers and classmates, providing some unity in this otherwise isolating time.”

“We believe that funding this project is exactly what Jim Pfrommer would have wanted,” said Mary Brock, president of the Rotary Club of Reno. “He had a big heart for improving education in our community and this donation will keep students learning and engaged,” Brock added. Pfrommer was a member of the downtown club and his estate entrusted the club to support community service and education projects.

Washoe County School District is identifying students eligible to receive donated computers. Availability of computers will depend upon the public response to our call for donations. Please direct any prospective donors to Education Alliance Executive Director Kendall Inskip at kinskip@washoeschools.net.

Local businesses, organizations, and individuals are encouraged to donate to help close the digital gaps in Washoe County. ITS Logistics is collecting new or gently used laptops/desktops at its offices located at 555 Vista Blvd, Sparks, Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Financial donations may be submitted at www.ed-alliance.org/donate

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kendall Inskip, Executive Director of Education Alliance of Washoe County: 775.353.6951

Victoria Campbell, Public Information Officer, WCSD: 775.772.2907

 

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2020/05/01


Nearly 16,000 students in the Washoe County School District do not have access to a computer at home as the District rolls out its distance learning initiative due to COVID-19. Education Alliance of Washoe County, ITS Logistics, and Reno Cigar Lions Club are teaming up to collect and distribute new or gently used laptops for students in need in Washoe County.

“Our partners in education recognize the importance of providing access to computers for our students,” said Kendall Inskip, Executive Director of the Education Alliance of Washoe County. “We are in uncharted territory. I am so proud of our generous partners who are working to provide laptops for students who need technology at home during this unprecedented time.”

In March, as ordered by the governor, Washoe County School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill announced that all learning in Washoe County could no longer take place in school district facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many students and families have computers to access District-provided online resources, 16,000 students do not have the needed technology at home. The school district has worked to ensure equitable resources for all students by providing paper packets for students.

“Finding devices for our students who may not otherwise have the ability to connect with their teachers and classmates during this extremely difficult time allows them equitable access, and that is so important to our district,” said Dr. McNeill. “Allowing students the opportunity to connect virtually hopefully lessens the stress for them and their parents/guardians in an otherwise atypical time in their academic lives. I have heard many stories from our teachers and principals about how excited students were to connect with them virtually and I would want that for every student who wants this type of experience. I am so thankful to the Education Alliance and our partners, big and small, for stepping up in this supportive and caring way for our students and families.”

ITS Logistics spearheaded the collection of laptops, donating several for Washoe County students, and now the company is asking Northern Nevadans to do the same.

“As a corporate member of the community, we felt that we had to do something to support less fortunate kids gain access to technology, enabling them to participate in the virtual learning process,” said Dan Allen, co-founder of ITS Logistics. “We knew businesses in the community had old laptops that could be repurposed for students. We also were able to source inexpensive laptops for $250 each. We would like to challenge all businesses and individuals with the wherewithal to donate to drop off donations at ITS Logistics’ 555 Vista Boulevard office, or purchase one of our laptops for a student in need through the Education Alliance website. You will be providing significant support to the children in our community during these difficult times.”

Local businesses, organizations, and individuals are encouraged to donate to help the large number of students who do not have a working computer at home. ITS Logistics is collecting new or gently used laptops at its offices located at 555 Vista Blvd, Sparks, Monday-Friday from 11am to 2pm.

The Reno Cigar Lions Club, which has been distributing donated computers to families and students for 14 years, will be in charge of the safe distribution process. Gloved and masked volunteers place the computer in parent vehicle trunks with an instruction sheet during 15-minute intervals to eliminate person-to-person contact and follow social distancing guidelines. The computers are free of charge.

“Reno Cigar Lions Club has been providing computers to Washoe County students in need since 2006,” said David Dehls, Reno Cigar Lions Club Emeritus President. “We recognize the urgent need in light of current circumstances and are determined to help as many students in need as we can.”

WHO: Education Alliance, ITS Logistics, Reno Cigar Lions Club

WHAT: Collection of new or gently used laptops for Washoe County students

WHERE: ITS Logistics Office, 555 Vista Blvd, Sparks, Nevada 89434

WHEN: Monday-Friday (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) beginning April 6, 2020

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kendall Inskip, Executive Director of Education Alliance: 775.353.6951

Victoria Campbell, Public Information Officer, WCSD: 775.772.2907

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About the Education Alliance: The Education Alliance of Washoe County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster educational excellence and student achievement in Washoe County. Its programs and initiatives include Partners in Education, the Run for Education, Teachers’ Warehouse, and Principal for a Day, all dedicated to strengthening education through business and community partnerships. Follow the Education Alliance of Washoe County on Facebook @EducationAllianceWashoeCounty, and on Twitter @EdAllianceWasho.

For more information about the Education Alliance, please contact Kendall Inskip, Executive Director at 353-6950 or visit www.ed-alliance.org.

ITS Logistics is a premier Third-Party Logistics company that offers personalized supply chain solutions with dedicated fleet and asset-light transportation services that both rank in the Top 50 in North America, and innovative omnichannel distribution and fulfillment services with more than 1 million square feet. Our purpose is to improve the quality of life by delivering excellence in everything we do.

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2020/04/06

Education Alliance of Washoe County recently honored three organizations for their support and expertise as Partners in Education (PiE).

Nominations for the 2020 PiE Champion Award were submitted by WCSD educators and community members to recognize outstanding partners in education. Following an extensive review, a panel selected recipients based on the years of educational partnership, number of schools supported, level of engagement with students within the school district, and the dollar and in-kind value of support. This year’s selected exceptional PiE Champions include, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Panasonic Energy of North America, and Sparks Christian Fellowship.

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino has been a Partner in Education since 1998. GSR provides food and volunteer staff at school events and has committed to annual financial support of their partner schools. Panasonic Energy of North America is a district-wide Partner in Education sponsoring the Run for Education to support P.E. in WCSD elementary schools, volunteering at the Teachers’ Warehouse, donating funds for food at Principal for a ½ Day, and hosting sophomore interviews at Sparks High School. Sparks Christian Fellowship supports 11 WCSD schools in Sparks with holiday donations, staff appreciation gifts and events, and grounds clean-up events at each school.

“We spotlight these impactful partnerships to recognize the important work being done and to inspire others to get involved,” says Kendall Inskip, Executive Director of the Education Alliance. “Investing in students and education helps our community and businesses thrive.”

Trophies shaped like a slice of pie were presented to the PiE Champions at the Meet Your Match mixer hosted at the Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce on February 6th to kick off Principal for a Day 2020. At the mixer, executives and principals get to know each other before spending the following morning together in classrooms across the Washoe County School District.

For 30+ years, the Partners in Education (PiE) program of the Education Alliance of Washoe County has provided opportunities for relationship-building between schools and community, focusing on securing community resources to strengthen academics. Businesses and organizations are partnered with Washoe County School District K-12 schools to provide classroom supplies, expertise, donations, volunteers, and other needed resources.

2020/02/07

2019

Education Alliance of Washoe County sponsored the Job Interview contest at the SkillsUSA Nevada Conference on April 10th at Circus Circus Reno. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Volunteer judges from City of Reno, NV EnergyRenown Health, Panasonic USA, Washoe County, Washoe County School District, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Northern Nevada Apprenticeship Coordinators Association had the pleasure of interviewing 84 students from across the state of Nevada, making it the largest competition at the event. Ten students were selected for a final round of interviews before the top three students were awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals.

“Meeting these bright students from across Nevada is truly a pleasure. The quality of skills and professionalism these young leaders have is so impressive,” said Kendall Inskip, Executive Director of the Education Alliance, and Contest Co-Chair. “Our thanks to Nanette Quitt, Co-Chair, and the business and education professionals who took the time to serve as judges to support these outstanding students.”

Pictured Left to Right: Adamaris Cruz (Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy), Colton Jacobson (Damonte Ranch High School), and Sarah Wood (Carson High School).

Colton Jacobson from Damonte Ranch High School earned the Gold Medal. He will go on to Louisville, Kentucky, to represent Nevada in the National Competition. Sarah Wood from Carson High School earned the Silver Medal, and Adamaris Cruz from Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy earned the Bronze Award.

2019/06/17

Please follow this link to view the Education Alliance of Washoe County Annual Report for School year 2017-2018.

2019/03/07

2018

Education Alliance of Washoe County launched the Classroom Speaker program at Hunter Lake Elementary School on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 featuring extraordinary classroom speakers Danyelle Musselman, Ben Rogers, and Landon Miller. See the KTVN story here.

Education Alliance believes in the value of community engagement in the classroom, and one of the best ways of fostering student engagement is by having professionals speak in a classroom. A visit from a professional makes a lasting impact—illuminating a pathway to new ways of working, thinking, and living for students. The goal of this event is to raise awareness about the program and invite the community to add their name to the classroom speaker list at ed-alliance.org/speak.

Community members can add their name to a speaker pool so local teachers know they are available. It only takes one minute, and an hour of their time could change the course of a life.

Musselman has an extensive background working in sports broadcasting with years of experience in anchoring, hosting and reporting. This past NFL season, she was a part of the NFL’s first ever virtual reality broadcast, working for NextVR as host of their NFL postgame experience, and as a sideline reporter for NBA game broadcasts. Prior to her work with NextVR, Musselman worked for the NFL Network where she served as an update anchor and as the host of “Up to the Minute.” Her other stops include Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports, CBS Sports Network and ESPN. Musselman is married to current Nevada Men’s Basketball coach Eric Musselman. They share three children, Michael (22), Matthew (18), and Mariah (8).

Rogers has worked as a business analyst, a newspaper reporter, a teacher, and a scientist at various labs, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Since 2004, he has been the Principal Engineer at NevadaNano. Ben is an accomplished author, including The Flamer (Aqueous Books), Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems (CRC Press), the first-ever comprehensive college textbook on nanotechnology, and Nanotechnology: The Whole Story (CRC Press). Both his bachelor and master’s degrees are from the University of Nevada, Reno. He and his wife have two daughters attending Washoe County School District schools.

Miller was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, and is proud to call the area his home. A Wooster High School and International Baccalaureate Program graduate, Landon went on to the University of Nevada, Reno to pursue his major in journalism with a Spanish minor. Today, he teaches at the University of Nevada, Reno. While still attending Wooster, Landon interned at KTVN 2 News for a semester. Then, he got his first on-air job as a news reporter and anchor for News Talk 780 KOH. Landon is happy to return to 2 News as a reporter. He grew up watching the station, and it has always been part of his life in one way or another. Landon strives at being as professional as possible while maintaining a ‘friend-like figure’ for his viewers.

“I am honored Hunter Lake was chosen to launch this important program!” said Amanda McWilliams, Principal of Hunter Lake Elementary School. “Educators yearn to bring real-life experts into their classrooms to share first-hand knowledge with their students. The Education Alliance is making it easy to tap into our wealth of seasoned community professionals.”

“Education Alliance provides great resources to students, educators, and schools year-round,” said Ben Rogers, Education Alliance Board Member and Principal Engineer at Nevada Nanotech Systems. “We believe the best way to build a bridge to the future for students and allow our community to feel the impact of their contribution to our future workforce is to invite them into the classroom.”

2018/11/14

The Education Alliance of Washoe County, is planning the 2018 Run for Education. The event will be held on Sunday, October 21 at the Outlets at Legends in front of SCHEELS. The Run for Education attracts 8,700+ attendees to the 5K/10K races, the Sparks Marina March, ½ Mile Kids Fun Run and a lively Fitness & Family Fair for children and families to enjoy. Organizers are seeking sponsors to reach their annual goal of $200,000 to provide needed funding for P.E., student wellness and nutrition programs in Washoe County School District (WCSD) elementary schools. The sponsorship commitment deadline is Friday, September 21, 2018.

Sponsorship Benefits Include:

  • Company logo on the back of 4,000+ runners’ t-shirts
  • Tabling Opportunity with audience of 8,700+ attendees
  • Banner display at event
  • Event video spotlight
  • Presenting sponsor will receive an exclusive story produced by KTVN Channel 2

Contact the Education Alliance at (775) 353-6950 for more information or click here.

All runners who register by September 21, 2018 will receive a t-shirt. Student runners under 18 will receive a medal after completing their running event. Refreshments are also available for all runners. The Washoe County School District provides bus transportation for schools, eliminating any barriers to students and their families attending this signature community event.

The Education Alliance’s Run for Education is one of the largest family and community running events in Northern Nevada. In 2017, more than 8,700 people attended and 90 schools participated, including charter schools. There were 3,984 runners and proceeds from sponsorships provided a $2,000 Kids in Motion grant to 55 schools to fund physical education and nutrition activities, impacting nearly 30,000 elementary school-aged children. Additionally, proceeds supported the Passport Program that provides assistance for WCSD secondary students on their pathway to career and college readiness.

Click here for the full event schedule.

2018/09/10

The Education Alliance of Washoe County is planning the 2018 Run for Education to raise money for PE and nutrition in Washoe County elementary schools. The event will be held on Sunday, October 21 at the Outlets at Legends in front of SCHEELS. There will be 5K/10K races, as well as the Sparks Marina March and ½ Mile Kids Fun Run along with a lively Fitness and Family Fair for children and families to enjoy a variety of activity stations and booths. The Washoe Education Association (WEA), the educator’s union in Washoe County, has been a long time sponsor of the event. WEA President, Natha Anderson shared why the WEA supports the event.

Why does WEA sponsor the Run for Education?
We help sponsor the Run for Education because it helps our schools and kids! With the emphasis on providing more help towards PE and exercise programs, it is something our organization believes in and will work on to make a success. We sponsor our members and their immediate family because the funds raised stay in the community and help our community become stronger. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Register through your school run coordinator or contact the WEA at (775) 828-9282.

How does the lack of PE funding in elementary schools affect students?
Research and anecdotal evidence show how getting kids active – at a younger age – allows for students to do better socially and mentally. Our students need the opportunity to exercise their brains and their bodies with more consistent PE time. It allows for excess energy to be used in a more structured manner and also emphasizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes the empathy we feel for others and the importance of teamwork comes through much clearer in the subject of PE.

What do you look forward to each year at the Run for Education?
A reminder about how our community continues to be the “biggest” little area. I see my fellow classmates from the University of Nevada or former student who are now (gulp) old enough to have children who participate. It is the sense of a community working together for a successful event.

What are you some of your favorite memories from the Run for Education?
The sense of accomplishment a 2nd grader feels when they cross the finish line and are awarded their medal. A kindergartner looking up at one of the High School ROTC cadets with awe and how the same cadet turns around to treats her with kindness. The sounds…you hear so many people encouraging others to succeed.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Run for Education, contact the Education Alliance at (775) 353-6950 or visit ed-alliance.org. Sponsor benefits include company logo on the back of an expected 4,000+ runners’ t-shirts, tabling opportunity and banners at event, inclusion in all advertising/marketing, and, and recognition on race day.

The Education Alliance’s Run for Education is one of the largest family and community running events in Northern Nevada that raises money directly impacting WCSD students. In 2017, more than 8,700 people attended, including 600 teachers, and 90 schools participated, including charter schools. There were 3,984 runners and proceeds from sponsorships provided a $2,000 Kids in Motion grant to 55 schools to fund physical education and nutrition activities, impacting 28,968 elementary school-aged children. Currently WCSD elementary schools receive little or no funding for PE.

2018/08/31

At the annual Board of Directors’ meeting, the Education Alliance of Washoe County elected new officers and members. 2018-19 Officers include: Dave Bianchi, Northwestern Mutual-President; Melissa Burnham, University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Vice President; Alex Woodley, City of Reno-Past President; Joe Cline, UNR Vice-Provost Undergraduate Education-Emeritus-Secretary; Eric Scheetz, Truckee River Flood Management Authority-Treasurer; Members-At-Large: Mariluz Garcia, UNR Dean’s Future Scholars; and Michelle Sanchez-Bickley, Renown Health.

In addition, the Executive Board has four permanent positions representing education in Washoe County: Traci Davis, Superintendent, Washoe County School District, represented by David Lasic, Chief of Staff; Karin Hilgersom, President, TMCC, newly represented by Melissa Deadmond, TMCC Associate Dean of Assessment & Planning / Accreditation Liaison Officer; Marc Johnson, President, UNR, represented by Melissa Burnham, Associate Dean, College of Education; and Kendall Inskip, Education Alliance Executive Director.

The Education Alliance welcomes two new Board members from important organizations in the community which contribute to the diversity of the Board. New members are: Lauren Garfinkel, Panasonic Energy of North America, and Ann Silver, Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce.

Returning Board members also include: Natha Anderson, Washoe Education Association; Brent Boynton, Reno Housing Authority; Bill Cathey, UNR Vice Provost-Emeritus; Mariah Evans, UNR Faculty Senate; Kris Layman, RE/MAX Realty Affiliates; Chris Morgan, Deloitte LLP; Charles Pasillas, Verus AEC; Nanette Quitt, NV Energy; Ben Rogers, NevadaNano; John Slaughter, Washoe County Manager; and Jill Tolles, Nevada State Assembly District 25. The Board is comprised of an exceptionally dedicated group of professionals and leaders who understand the importance of education in our community and have made it their priority. Efforts are focused on programs and events that include, Partners in Education, the Run for Education on October 21st, Principal for a Day on February 7th, Teachers’ Warehouse, and P-16 Advocacy.

2018/07/16

The Education Alliance of Washoe County is proud to announce the Silver Family and Innovations High School have joined together as Partners in Education.

Ann Silver, CEO of the Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce visited Innovations High School while participating in Principal for a Day. She was impressed with the school’s real world approach and was reminded of the school her mother, Melba Silver, helped to start in New York in 1977. The school helped youth facing academic and life challenges and provided a supportive and creative learning environment. Silver and her siblings, Adam, Erik and Owen were motivated to honor their mother’s legacy by supporting Innovations High School.

“My mother understood that every student has unique needs,” said Ann, “Fostering the talent and interests of individual students results in a community of entrepreneurs and employees who bring fresh ideas to the table.”

“I am thrilled to work with the Silver family,” said Taylor Harper, Innovations High School Principal. “I am proud to help honor their mother’s memory. The support of the Silvers will allow us to cultivate student success in new and exciting ways.”

A core value of the Partners in Education program is reciprocity, and Innovations High School students will be creating a display in honor of Melba Silver.

Innovations High School scholars face many unique challenges that are met in their famly-like, small school setting. Innovations embraces Big Picture Learning; an approach that puts students at the center of their own learning. Nationally, 80% of Big Picture Learning graduates are the first in their family to attend college.

2018/06/01

For the third year in a row, the Nevada State Apartment Association (NVSAA), a not-for-profit organization providing the Nevada multi-housing industry with legislative support, education and

Pictured Left to Right: Kristina Stanley (Alliance Residential), Danett Michelini (NVSAA Board Member with Apartments.com), and Kendall Inskip (Education Alliance Executive Director).

community outreach, selected the Education Alliance of Washoe County as its chosen charity. NVSAA presented the Education Alliance with a check for $3,173 from silent auction proceeds at their fifth annual Jewel Awards.

“We believe in the work of the Education Alliance,” said Danett Michelini, NVSAA board member. “Supporting students leads to a thriving workforce.”

“The Education Alliance is a special organization,” said Susy Breckon, NVSAA Executive Director. “Their efforts support not only 65,000+ students in Washoe County, but also all Washoe County School District schools and educators.”

The Education Alliance of Washoe County is a nonprofit organization that supports Washoe County School District students and educators and collaborates with higher education to help students along their path to college and career readiness through their Partners in Education program, the Run for Education, Principal for a Day, the P-16 Advocacy Council, and the Teachers’ Warehouse.

Pictured Left to Right: Chrissy McCulloch (Vintage at South Meadows), Marvin Morgan (Vintage at South Meadows Service Manager) Danett Michelini, and Jim Hanifen (NVSAA Board Member).

NVSAA has more than 400 members statewide representing high-demand trade industries in Nevada, and recognizes their tradesmen with opportunities for them to shine at events like Maintenance Mania. Marvin Morgan, a Service Manager at the Vintage at South Meadows apartment complex recently placed as a finalist and will compete nationally in San Diego on June 15. Highlighting skills-based workers is an opportunity to illuminate the trade industry as an attractive career path for Washoe County students.

“I am honored NVSAA selected the Education Alliance as their charity again,” said Kendall Inskip, Education Alliance Executive Director. “Their support allows us to positively impact even more students.”

2018/05/11

Education Alliance of Washoe County sponsored the Job Interview contest at the SkillsUSA Nevada Conference on April 11th at Circus Circus Reno. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Volunteer judges from NV EnergyRenown Health, Panasonic USA, Washoe County, Washoe County School District, Truckee Meadows Community College, Northern Nevada Apprenticeship Coordinators Association, and Greater Nevada Federal Credit Union had the pleasure of interviewing 66 students from across the state of Nevada, making it the largest competition at the event. Ten students were selected for a final round of interviews before the top three students were awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals.

“Every year I continue to be more impressed with the caliber of students we interview. I am proud to support them on their journey of career and college readiness,” said Kendall Inskip, Contest Co-Chair and Executive Director of the Education Alliance. “Our thanks to Nanette Quitt; Co-Chair, and the business and education leaders who took the time to serve as judges to support these outstanding students.”

Diego Solis from Douglas High School earned the Gold Medal. He will go on to Louisville, Kentucky to represent Nevada in the National Competition in June 2018. Rebekkah Holmes from Reed High School (Sparks, Nevada) earned the Silver Medal, and Garret Johns from West Career and Technical Academy (Las Vegas, Nevada) earned the Bronze Award.

2018/04/18

The Partners in Education program of the Education Alliance of Washoe County provides opportunities for relationship-building between schools and community, focusing on securing community resources to strengthen academics. Businesses and organizations are partnered with Washoe County School District (WCSD) K-12 schools to provide classroom supplies, expertise, donations, volunteers, and other resources. A grant from Washoe County to the non-profit Education Alliance supports the development of the program and the recognition of outstanding Partners in Education (PiE).

Funding was used to invite Washoe County High School students to design a PiE emblem for business partners to display in store windows and on their websites. Participating high school graphic and fine art programs were awarded $300 for materials, and the design-winning student received a $1,000 scholarship to be used for post-secondary education. A distinguished panel reviewed submissions and chose the design of Natasha Santiago, a senior at McQueen High School (see video of Natasha learning of her award here). With in-class mentoring by Tony Manfredi, Nevada Arts

Council Executive Director, Natasha’s design was finalized and Washoe County Manager John Slaughter unveiled it in front of an audience of 200 local leaders and WCSD educators participating in Principal for a Day on February 8, 2018 at Renown Mack Auditorium. Natasha was also presented with a $1,000 scholarship at the event.

Pictured left to right: Tristan McElhany, Hug High School, Assistant Principal; Erik Olson, Renown Health, VP and CEO; Kendall Inskip, Education Alliance Executive Director; Michelle Sanchez Bickley, Renown Health, VP of Human Resources.

Pictured left to right: Arch Ruth, Alice Smith Elementary School, Principal; Mike Dixon, Double Diamond Elementary School, Principal; Eric Vetter, Steak ‘n Shake, Owner; Mayelen Garijo, Steak ‘n Shake, Owner; Kendall Inskip, Education Alliance Executive Director; Mary Basso, Principal, O’Brien Middle School.

The PiE Champion Awards were also presented at the Principal for a Day kickoff reception hosted by the Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce. Nominations for the

PiE Champion Award were submitted by WCSD educators to recognize their outstanding Partners in Education and reviewed by a community panel. Criteria included length of the partnership, number of schools supported, depth/level of engagement, and the value of their partnership. Renown Health was awarded the Large Employer PiE Champion Award and Steak ‘n Shake was awarded the Small Employer PiE Champion Award (photos above). Awards in the shape of a pie, for Partner in Education (PiE), were presented to the PiE Champions on February 7th where principals and participants were invited to ‘Meet your Match’ before shadowing. Outstanding partner nominees included: Circus Circus/Eldorado Properties; Farmer’s Insurance-Shane McCartin; Living Stones Church; Northern Nevada Medical Center; Pinocchio’s; Read with Me; The Rock Church; and St. Catherine’s of Siena Episcopal.

2018/03/01

The Education Alliance of Washoe County, in collaboration with the Washoe County School District, Renown Health and Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce are looking for community and business leaders to trade places with local school principals—for half a day.  This year’s Principal for a Day event takes place Thursday, February 8.

“It’s all about building relationships,” says Kendall Inskip, executive director of the Education Alliance.  “We help businesses become partners with our schools to help students succeed which promotes a skilled workforce and thriving community. Everybody benefits.  Becoming Principal for a Day is a great way to build a relationship that continues long after the event.”

Ann Silver, Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce CEO representing more than 1,500 business members fully supports business/school collaborations. “Education in Washoe County impacts our business community – our students are our future employees, leaders, and decision-makers! This event makes the connection to the future.

Organizers encourage participating executives and community leaders to reciprocate by inviting their principals to spend part of a day in their workplace as well.  Reciprocal dates are entirely up to the participants.

Guest principals get an inside view of modern classrooms and teaching techniques.  They also see firsthand the challenges and joys of serving as a school’s resident administrator.  The opportunity is limited; Washoe County only has 93 schools.

If you’d like to learn more about being a Principal for a Day,  call (775) 353-6950.

2018/02/01

Please follow this link to view the Education Alliance of Washoe County Annual Report for School year 2016-2017.

2018/01/31

2017

Only five weeks left to buy your Reno license plate!

>> Reno.gov/Plate <<

Reno, Nevada (November 29, 2017) — The City of Reno and Renown Health have launched a five-week campaign aimed at selling 500 additional Reno license plates, which provide dedicated funding for the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services programs. This effort will also support local charities.

Why five weeks? Because the City has until the end of the year to sell 1,000 Reno plates, or the plate will no longer be manufactured or issued by the DMV. There are currently only 500 active Reno plates in Nevada.

The charitable plates contain the iconic Reno Arch and the words, “The Biggest Little City in the World.” Twenty-five dollars from each plate sale goes directly to Reno Parks and Rec.

Additionally, for every license plate purchased (up to 500) from November 28, 2017 through December 29, 2017:

  • Reno City Councilmember David Bobzien will match it with a $25 donation, via his Council Donation Funds, to one of approximately 15 charities on behalf of the purchaser. For an updated list of eligible charities, visit Reno.Gov/Plate.
  • Renown Health will match the $25 donation to Reno Parks and Rec with a $25 donation of its own to support affordable access to Parks and Rec services that benefit the health and wellness of our community.

There are additional perks as well. Drivers who buy the Reno plate will receive two annual Parks and Rec passes valued at $720, and eight swim lessons at Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center valued at $58.50.

To get your passes and/or swim lessons, bring your DMV paperwork showing you purchased the Reno plate to Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, located at 1301 Valley Road in Reno.

Buying the plate is also a source of community pride.

“There are so many reasons to believe in Reno right now,” Bobzien said. “By adding a Reno license plate to your car, you’re expressing that you are proud to live in The Biggest Little City.”

Helping keep our community healthy and active is important to both the City of Reno and Renown Health.

“We are passionate about helping provide affordable access to healthy activities here at home,” said Wendy Damonte, vice president of community partnerships & advocacy for Renown Health. “As a healthcare network focused on overall health and well-being, Renown is excited to join this effort and give back to Parks and Rec services that benefit the health and wellness of our friends, family and neighbors.”

The money raised by the charitable plates will provide the boost in funding needed to continue to give residents access to beautiful parks, trails, playgrounds, youth and senior services, sports leagues and more. For instance, the City is renovating the playground at downtown’s Barbara Bennett Park with license-plate funds.

“As Reno continues to grow, this funding is more important than ever,” Bobzien said. “Our outdoor recreational opportunities are what set us apart from other cities, and we need to continue to preserve and improve our parks, trails and programs.”

For more information, visit Reno.Gov/Plate.

To order a plate, visit your local DMV. If you plan to visit the Reno DMV office at 305 Galletti Way, skip the wait and make an appointment online — it’s quick and you’ll be in and out in no time.

2017/11/29

The Education Alliance of Washoe County is planning the 2017 Run for Education to raise money for PE and nutrition in Washoe County elementary schools. The event will be held on Sunday, October 22 at the Outlets at Legends in front of SCHEELS. There will be 5k/10k races, as well as the Sparks Marina March and ½ Mile Kids Fun Run along with a lively Fitness Fair for children and families to enjoy a variety of athletic-themed activity stations. The Washoe Education Association (WEA), the educator’s union in Washoe County, has been a long time sponsor of the event. WEA President, Natha Anderson shared why the WEA supports the event.

WEA Members at 2016 Run for Education

Why does WEA sponsor the Run for Education?

We help sponsor the Run for Education because it helps our schools and kids! With the emphasis on providing more help towards PE and exercise programs, it is something our organization believes in and will work on to make a success. We sponsor our members and their immediate family because the funds raised stay in the community and help our community become stronger, said Anderson. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Register through your school run coordinator or contact the WEA at (775) 828-9282.

How does the lack of PE funding in elementary schools affect students?

Research and anecdotal evidence show how getting kids active – at a younger age – allows for students to do better socially and mentally. Our students need the opportunity to exercise their brains and their bodies with more consistent PE time.  It allows for excess energy to be used in a more structured manner and also emphasizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

What do you look forward to each year at the Run for Education?

The excitement on the kids’ faces as they are getting ready to run, but also when they burst through the finish line and get handed that medal. Also, how our community comes together.  There are so many from the Reno/Sparks area who want the Run for Education to be a success, not for the personal gain but for the pride as a community.

What are you some of your favorite memories from the Run for Education?

The giggles as a group of first graders try to mimic Bruno from the Bighorns “warm-up”; the almost visual pride the ROTC cadets show as they direct people where to go. Last year – a teacher who reached her goal of completing the run and was greeted by her family at the finish line.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Run for Education, contact the Education Alliance at (775) 353-6950 or click here to learn more. Sponsor benefits include company logo on the back of an expected 4,000+ runners’ t-shirts, inclusion in all advertising/marketing, banners and recognition on race day, and an option to include an item in every runner’s swag bag.

The Education Alliance’s Run for Education is one of the largest family and community running events in Northern Nevada that raises money directly impacting WCSD students. In 2016, more than 8,500 people attended, including 522 teachers, and 80 schools participated, including charter schools. There were 3,900+ runners and proceeds from sponsorships provided a $2,000 Kids in Motion grant to 52 schools to fund physical education and nutrition activities, impacting 36,664 elementary school-aged children. Currently WCSD elementary schools receive no funding for PE. In addition, proceeds support the Passport Program that provides assistance for WCSD secondary students on their pathway to career and college readiness.

2017/10/02

The Education Alliance of Washoe County, coming off of a banner year in 2016, is planning the 2017 Run for Education. The event will be held on Sunday, October 22 at the Outlets at Legends in front of SCHEELS. There will be 5K/10K races, as well as the Sparks Marina March and ½ Mile Kids Fun Run along with a lively Fitness Fair for children and families to enjoy a variety of athletic-themed activity stations. Organizers are seeking sponsors to reach their annual goal of $200,000 to support health and academic fitness. All proceeds will benefit the students at Washoe County School District (WCSD) schools through the Education Alliance of Washoe County. To date, more than $1.7 million has been raised to fund health and academic initiatives in schools.

Benefits include company logo on the back of an expected 4,000 runners’ t-shirts, inclusion in all advertising/marketing, banners and recognition on race day, and an option to include an item in every runner’s swag bag. The title sponsor will receive an exclusive story produced by KTVN, Channel 2.

Special Rates:

  • College Student rate of $15 (must show ID)
  • Corporate Team rate of $35 each (teams of 10+)
  • Washoe Education Association (WEA) will cover registration fees for WEA members and their immediate family members

All runners who register by September 22, 2017 will receive a t-shirt and swag bag. Student runners under 18 will receive a medal after completing their running event. Refreshments are also available for all runners. The Washoe County School District provides bus transportation for schools, eliminating any barriers to students and their families attending this signature community event.

The Education Alliance’s Run for Education is one of the largest family and community running events in Northern Nevada that raises money directly impacting WCSD students. In 2016, more than 8,500 people attended and 80 schools participated, including charter schools. There were 3,900+ runners and proceeds from sponsorships provided a $2,000 Kids in Motion grant to 52 schools to fund physical education and nutrition activities, impacting 36,664 elementary school-aged children. Currently WCSD elementary schools receive no funding for PE. In addition, proceeds support the Passport Program that provides assistance for WCSD secondary students on their pathway to career and college readiness.

2017/09/12

At the annual Board of Directors’ meeting, the Education Alliance of Washoe County elected new officers and members. 2017-18 Officers include: Alex Woodley, City of Reno-President; Kyle Dalpe, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC)-1st Vice President; Dave Bianchi, Northwestern Mutual Financial-Treasurer; Nanette Quitt, NV Energy-Secretary; Members-At-Large: Mariluz Garcia, University of Nevada Reno (UNR) Dean’s Future Scholars; Melissa Burnham, UNR College of Education; and Michelle Sanchez-Bickley, Renown Health.

In addition, the Executive Board has four permanent positions representing education in Washoe County: Traci Davis, Superintendent, Washoe County School District, represented by David Lasic, Chief of Staff; Karin Hilgersom, President, TMCC, represented by Kyle Dalpe, Interim Dean Applied Technical Sciences; Marc Johnson, President, UNR, represented by Joe Cline, Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education; and Kendall Inskip, Education Alliance Executive Director.

The Education Alliance welcomes three new Board members from key and in-demand occupations which contribute to the diversity of the Board. New members are: Brent Boynton, Boynton Communications; Charles Pasillas, MSA Engineering Consultants; and Jill Tolles, Nevada State Assembly District 25.

Returning Board members also include: Natha Anderson, Washoe Education Association; Bill Cathey, UNR-retired; Mariah Evans, UNR Faculty Senate; Kris Layman, RE/MAX Realty Affiliates; Mindy Lokshin, Community Representative; Susan Mayes-Smith, Educational Consultant; Chris Morgan, Deloitte LLP; Ben Rogers, NevadaNano; Bonnie Saviers, Writer/Editor; Eric Scheetz, Truckee River Flood Mgmt.; John Slaughter, Washoe County Manager; and Dena Strotman, Port of Subs. The Board is comprised of an exceptionally dedicated group of professionals and leaders who understand the importance of education in our community and have made it their priority. Efforts are focused on programs and events that include, Partners in Education, the Run for Education on October 22nd, Principal for a Day on February 8th, Teachers’ Warehouse, and P-16 Advocacy.

Learn more about the Education Alliance Board of Directors here!

2017/07/21

The Nevada State Apartment Association (NVSAA), a not-for-profit organization that provides the Nevada multi-housing industry with legislative support, education and community outreach, recently adopted the Education Alliance of Washoe County as its chosen charity for the second year in a row.

NVSAA Check Presentation

Pictured Left to Right: Susy Breckon (NVSAA Executive Director), Brittani Keefe (Education Alliance Collaborative Coordinator), Kendall Inskip (Education Alliance Executive Director, and Danett Michelini (NVSAA Board Member).

The Education Alliance of Washoe County is a nonprofit organization that supports Washoe County School District students and educators through their Partners in Education program, the Run for Education, Principal for a Day, the P-16 Advocacy Council, and the Teachers’ Warehouse.

NVSAA hosted their annual Jewel Awards and invited Washoe County students to present their art pieces at the event for auction, and shared a student-produced video about the Education Alliance with the audience. Proceeds from the auction were donated to the Education Alliance to further their mission of fostering educational excellence and student achievement through leadership, advocacy, and resource development. Susy Breckon, Executive Director of the NVSAA, presented the Education Alliance with a check for $1,350.

Additionally, the NVSAA rallied apartment communities to donate supplies for the Teachers’ Warehouse in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. They collected more than three pallets of classroom supplies for the Teachers’ Warehouse where WCSD teachers can shop for free for classroom items.

“I am honored to support the Education Alliance,” said Susy Breckon, NVSAA President. “Their work impacts so many students, teachers, and our community at large.”

“We feel very lucky the NVSAA selected us as their charity of the year again,” said Kendall Inskip, Education Alliance Executive Director. “They are an incredibly caring and hard working group of people that jump at the opportunity to give back and make a positive difference.”

2017/06/01

A Note from Superintendent Traci Davis to Washoe County School District Teachers:

We had such an exciting week celebrating the work our teachers do each and every day.

I hope you have enjoyed many of the discounts that were emailed to you and were able to take some time out to treat yourself.

Myself as well as several other district administrators had a great time delivering donuts to schools on Wednesday morning. These were generously donated by Western Governors University.

In addition, I know about 500 of you scored some wonderful items as well as raffle prizes at the Shop ‘Til You Drop event at the Teachers’ Warehouse, hosted by the Education Alliance. Approximately $20,000 worth of supplies were donated to the Teachers’ Warehouse from our generous community.

Again, I so appreciate all that you do to make this an amazing District.

Check out photos from the Shop ‘Til You Drop event here!

2017/05/25

The Washoe County School District Wellness Department donated $762.50 to support the Run for Education at their Women’s Wellness Day. The February 25th event was well attended at the Whitney Peak Hotel and a portion of raffle ticket proceeds was presented to the Education Alliance for student scholarships for the 2017 Run for Education scheduled on Sunday, October 22nd at the Outlets at Sparks. The Wellness Department has coordinated the Fitness Fair at the Run for several years.

Pictured left to right: Jackie James, Kendall Inskip, Elise Compston, and Laura Thurston.

2017/03/11

Pictured left to right: Cindy Carano, Amanda McWilliams, Tony Marini, Brittani Keefe, and Kendall Inskip.

The Education Alliance of Washoe County is proud to announce Circus Circus Reno and Hunter Lake Elementary School have joined together as Partners in Education.

“Education is a top priority in our community,” said Tony Marini, Director of Casino Operations for Circus Circus Reno. “We are happy to help students and staff of the school in areas of need by providing employee volunteers, student incentives and food at events such as Hunter Lake’s annual Dinner Data Dessert Night.”

“I am honored to work with Circus Circus Reno,” said Amanda McWilliams, Hunter Lake Elementary School Principal. “Their support makes a huge impact on our students, families and staff. Circus Circus Reno is able to provide resources that we simply cannot afford.”

As a token of their appreciation, Hunter Lake Elementary School students will sing to Circus Circus Reno employees during holiday events and create artwork for display at the Hotel Casino.

Hunter Lake Elementary School faces unique challenges. Their student population includes children from extremely low income households, children who are homeless, called Children in Transition, as well as more fortunate students. Hunter Lake Elementary School is referred to as a “bubble school,” due to the elementary school’s mixed socio-economic population. It hovers just a few points away from being designated a Title I school that would receive additional federal funding to support their students but does not. Support such as that from Circus Circus Reno makes a huge difference to schools like Hunter Lake Elementary School. Currently there are 13 bubble schools in the Washoe County School District.

If you are interested in learning how to become a Partner in Education with a Washoe County School to support local students, contact the Education Alliance at (775) 353-6950.

About Washoe County School District

The Washoe County School District includes the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area, Incline Village, Gerlach, and Wadsworth, Nevada. The District provides each of its 64,000 students with a superior education in a safe and challenging environment and is committed to graduate every child career and college ready.

For more information visit: www.washoecountyschools.org. Follow us on Twitter at @WCSDTweet.

About Circus Circus Reno

Circus Circus Reno is a vacation destination with six unique dining options. Enjoy the free circus acts at the midway as well as games for all ages. Circus Circus Reno is one of three connected resorts in Downtown Reno including the Eldorado Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino, boasting over 4,100 hotel rooms, 23 restaurants, 19 bars and lounges, 8 nightspots and 226,500 square feet of gaming. For more information visit circusreno.com find us on Facebook, friend us on Foursquare, follow us on Twitter, download our Mobile app or call 775.329.0711. #CircusReno

2017/03/02

2016

Every year the students at Glenn Duncan Elementary School make a special trip to visit their Partner in Education – The Washoe County Manager’s office. They share their beautiful voices with them, captivating the employees with holiday classics. Enjoy the video below from their visit this year.

2016/12/22

Education Alliance offices are moving the last week of November!

We are excited to be joining several WCSD departments at 5450 Riggins Court, Suite 4, Reno, NV 89502 and we appreciate your patience during our move!

2016/11/23

groupWorking in partnership with the Reno Sunrise Rotary Club, Truckee Meadows Community College, and WCSD, the Education Alliance participated in the “Let’s go to College” Campaign. The event supports efforts to reach out to students early in their educational careers about their options after graduation from high school. Some of these options include attending college, pursuing career and technical education (CTE), or military service. Representatives from all four entities plus the schools’ Partners in Education distributed notebooks, pencils, and pens to students, each engraved with the “Let’s Go to College” and TMCC logos. These items encourage discussion of college throughout the year. TMCC’s mascot, “Wizard the Lizard,” and Black Bear Diner’s, “Mama Bear,” also visited classrooms as the supplies were distributed to the children.

2016/11/16

Pictured from left to right: Melissa Burnham, Kendall Inskip, Brittani Keefe, Colin Robertson, and Alex Woodley.

Pictured from left to right: Melissa Burnham, Kendall Inskip, Brittani Keefe, Colin Robertson, and Alex Woodley.

The Economic Developmedawnent Authority of Western Nevada  (EDAWN) hosted its 5th Annual Existing Industry Awards, Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. More than 50 companies from Washoe County, the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, and Fernley were recognized. The Education Alliance was nominated for a Community Partner award in good company with Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology’s (NCET), Nevada Industry Excellence, RISE Academy for Adult Achievement, and WCSD Department of Signature Academies & CTE. The Education Alliance congratulates Nevada Industry Excellence for winning the Community Partner Award!

“The existing primary companies in Northern Nevada make up the backbone of our regional economy. While these primary companies represent less than 5% of the companies in the region, they are responsible for approximately 50% of our jobs, and essentially drive our economy. This event provides an opportunity to the community to thank these companies and let them know we truly appreciate their investment, commitment to the region and their many contributions to our economic vitality.” said Mike Kazmierski, CEO of EDAWN.

2016/11/16

plumas_dodsonOur generous Partner in Education, Plumas Bank, hosted a Back-to-School Coloring Contest with Dodson Elementary School to kick off the school season. All entries were posted in the Plumas Bank’s Community Room, with a special wall for the student winners’ art. Rob Thayer, Business Development Officer at Plumas Bank, presented ribbons and backpacks and Annie Zucker of Sierra Nevada Arts Foundation donated memberships to the Sierra Arts Foundation valued at $100 each to 20 students at Dodson Elementary School. Thank you Plumas Bank!

2016/11/16

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The Education Alliance was featured as the Northern Nevada Business Weekly Nonprofit Spotlight October 3, 2016. Follow this link to read the full story.

2016/10/05

Huge thanks to KPS3 for re-designing our website, ed-alliance.org! We invite you to meander through our site and enjoy photos, success stories, and profiles of our Board members, Partners in Education, and the newly released Data Profile 2015!  “Our website is a fresh and easy-to-use tool to raise awareness of our mission and how we are supporting students from Pre-Kindergarten through college and career,” said Kendall Inskip, Education Alliance Executive Director. “We are tremendously grateful to KPS3 and their amazing team for their creative and generous support through this process and appreciate their long-time partnership!”

Highlights of the re-design include:

  • Board Profiles
  • Donate Page
  • News and Events
  • Publication Library
  • Success Stories and Recognition of Good Deeds
  • Interactive opportunities for the community to partner with schools
  • Interactive opportunities for educators to select resources supporting student achievement
  • School/Partner Map (coming soon)

2016/08/23

At the annual Board of Directors’ meeting in June, the Education Alliance elected new officers and members of the Board. Members of the 2016-17 Executive Committee are: Colin Robertson, Don J Clark Group-President; Alex Woodley, City of Reno-1st Vice President; Dave Bianchi, Northwestern Mutual Financial-Treasurer; Nanette Quitt, NV Energy-Secretary; At-Large members: Mindy Lokshin, Community Representative; Mariluz Garcia, UNR-Dean’s Future Scholars; and Darcy Marud, Yamana Gold.

In addition, the Board of Directors has three permanent positions representing education in the community: Traci Davis, Superintendent, Washoe County School District (WCSD); Karin Hilgersom, President, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC); Marc Johnson, President, University of Nevada Reno (UNR); and Kendall Inskip, Education Alliance Executive Director.

Three new Board members join us from a variety of backgrounds: Susan Mayes-Smith, KNPB Channel 5/PBS; Chris Morgan, Deloitte LLP; and Michelle Sanchez-Bickley, Renown. The expertise and experience of these new members contribute to the diversity of the Board overall.

Returning Board members include the Executive Committee as well as: Natha Anderson, Washoe Education Association; Melissa Burnham, UNR College of Education; Bill Cathy, UNR-ret.; Joe Cline, UNR Designee; Kyle Dalpe, TMCC Designee; David Dehls, Spectrum Business ESM Service Delivery; Mariah Evans, UNR; Jim Huge, Jim Huge and Associates; Randy Kirner, Nevada State Assembly; David Lasic, WCSD Designee; Kris Layman, RE/MAX Realty Affiliates; Ben Rogers, NevadaNano; Bonnie Saviers, Writer/Editor; Eric Scheetz, Truckee River Flood Mgmt.; John Slaughter, Washoe County Manager; and Dena Strotman, Port of Subs. The Board is comprised of an exceptionally dedicated group of professionals and leaders who understand the importance of education in our community and have made it their priority.

Board members serve two three-year terms and focus their efforts on programs and events that include Partners in Education, the Run for Education on October 23rd, Principal for a Day on September 22nd, Teachers’ Warehouse, and P-16 Advocacy.

Thank you all for your service!

WCSD Story

2016/07/21

An impressive group of educators from the East Bay traveled to Reno on July 7th to discuss how the Education Alliance was formed and to learn about elements of the Data Profile and what would be involved in replicating the research document in their region. Participants discussed how Education Alliance’s cross-institutional partnerships improve student success through sharing of data and resources.

The East Bay Career Pathways Consortium, comprised of senior leadership from the Alameda County Office of Education, Oakland Unified School District, and the Peralta and Las Positas Community College Districts, met with Data Profile Co-Chairs, Mindy Lokshin and Bill Cathey, as well as leaders from the Washoe County School District and Truckee Meadows Community College.

“Jowel was very active in the Education Alliance when he was TMCC VP for Academic Affairs. We enjoyed talking with him and helping his colleagues,” said Dr. Cathey.

Attendees included:

 East Bay Career Pathways Executives

  • Jowel Laguerre, PhD, Chancellor of Peralta Community College District, East Bay Career Pathways Co-Chair
  • L. Karen Monroe, County Superintendent, Alameda County Office of Education, East Bay Career Pathways Co-Chair
  • Bernard McCune, EdD, Deputy Chief of Post-Secondary Readiness, Oakland Unified, East Bay Career Pathways Executive Steering Committee Member
  • Rebecca Lacocque, Director of East Bay Career Pathways Consortium
  • May Chen, Interim Director of Institutional Research, Peralta Community College District
  • Dr. Jannett Jackson, Chancellor of Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, East Bay Career Pathways Executive Steering Committee Member
  • Krista Johns, JD, Vice Chancellor of Educational Services & Student Success, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
  • Fred Brill, EdD, Superintendent, San Lorenzo Unified School District, East Bay Career Pathways Executive Steering Committee Member
  • Navdeep Purewal, EdD, Director of Assessment & Analytics, Alameda County Office of Education
  • Yashica Crawford, PhD, Chief of Staff, Peralta Community College District

Washoe County Leadership Team

  • Dr. Bill Cathey: Vice Provost, Physics Professor, emeritus; Education Alliance Past President and Board member since 2003; Data Profile Committee Co-Chair
  • Dr. Mindy Lokshin, Professional Education, Career and Life Coach, Education Alliance Board Member since 2014, Data Profile Committee Co-Chair
  • Sean McCaffrey, Collaborative Coordinator, Education Alliance of Washoe County
  • Ben Hayes, Chief Accountability Officer, Washoe County School District
  • Dr. Dana Ryan, Director, Washoe County School District Signature Academies/CTE
  • Elena Bubnova, Director of Institutional Research, Analysis, and Effectiveness, Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Denise Hedrick, former Executive Director Education Alliance, retired

2016/07/20

An innovative Partnership model (Education Ecosystem) was created in 2016! Nine schools in the North Valleys community educate approximately 8,000 young scholars. These schools consist of six elementary, two middle and one high school. The standard Partner in Education model is defined by one business supporting one school. In this innovative “Ecosystem” model, all nine schools are being supported through the partnership of neighboring businesses within the North Valleys. By working together, businesses pool resources (taking advantage of economies of scale) and share in the responsibility of helping this population of students become college/career ready. Resources include: pooling financial support into a special fund for these students to participate in educational excursions they would not normally have access to; hosting students at their places of business for career exploration activities; offering internship opportunities for high school students; providing volunteers for classrooms, and other worthwhile activities to support student achievement. After earning buy-in from dozens of businesses, we launched this endeavor in Spring 2016. We raised $2,500 this semester for educational field trips for Lemmon Valley Elementary students to participate in Sierra Nevada Journeys overnight science camp, and for Silver Lake Elementary students to visit historical sites in Carson City. Our community benefits from having a deep and talented workforce – by collaborating together to support education in these impactful ways, we will achieve our objective of continuing to create a vibrant community.

 

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2016/06/24

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is vital to future generations and technical fields. This is why many of our valued employees that have a background in STEM are the perfect role models for students.

When KNPB, northern Nevada’s local PBS television station affiliate, received a grant from NV Energy to provide real life education to STEM students in Washoe County, they inquired if some of our employees could share their expertise and knowledge. Tom Lake, Project Control II for Delivery, Clyyne Cook, Manager of Major Projects for Delivery, Casey Bisard, Project Manager for Delivery and Kaitlyn McNerney, Student Intern, enthusiastically volunteered approximately 30 hours to the program.

“NV Energy’s grant helped fund professionals to provide instruction, which expanded high school students’ ideas and knowledge about STEM related careers,” said Susan Mayes-Smith, Manager of Educational Services for KNPB.

On June 1, the team spent the day at North Valleys High School presenting information about their respective careers to three classes of approximately 60 students. The students thoroughly enjoyed learning about how STEM applies to real world jobs and they were able to get insight into possible career choices for their futures.

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Tom Lake, NV Energy’s Project Control II for Delivery, and Casey Bisard, Project Manager for Delivery, speak with students at North Valleys High School.

All four NV Energy employees provided specifics about their jobs. Clyyne kicked off the presentation by talking about meeting customer needs, then Casey spoke about planning and developing the project, next up was Tom who discussed managing the actual construction project and Kaitlyn closed out the presentation by sharing her college experience and what it is like to be an intern at NV Energy. Most importantly, the team gave these students a glimpse into the possibility of pursuing a career in STEM, thus motivating them to think about their future.

To top it off, these incredible employees donated the $600 professional speaking fee back to the program, and their time was captured by VolunteerMatch.

A big thank you to Tom, Clyyne, Casey and Kaitlyn for volunteering their time, inspiring local high school students and being incredible representatives of NV Energy.

Story By Sarah Polito

2016/06/24

Happy faces at Duncan

Washoe County has been a proud Partner in Education with Glenn Duncan Elementary School since 2013. County staff has provided support for Glenn Duncan initiatives, such as mentoring opportunities and reading programs in the past. Funding to revamp the Glenn Duncan community garden is the latest project as a pivotal Partner in Education. County employees identified the Glenn Duncan garden as one of four community projects a couple of years ago and staff has been helping revamp the community garden since.

Washoe County staff have been working with faculty from Glenn Duncan Elementary to make the garden more attractive to students, volunteers and teachers by building garden beds, boxes, a greenhouse, fencing and gate shade structures.

“Washoe County values the opportunity to partner with schools in the community and invest in the next generation and the garden at Glenn Duncan proves great collaboration with the right people works well for all involved,” Washoe County Commission Chair Kitty Jung said. “This garden will not only be a tremendous place for children and staff to learn, but it will be a resource for the community, providing nutritious foods for families in the neighborhood.”

Duncan Principal, David Keller, said, “The partnership we have with Washoe County is invaluable. They support us in so many impactful ways and enrich the lives of all of our students!”

We are grateful to Washoe County Manager, John Slaughter, and his team for being Partner in Education champions!

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Washoe County and Glenn Duncan Elementary students and staff at the community garden ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

2016/06/08

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