LAS VEGAS, Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of its one-year anniversary, Sands Education Council, a partnership comprised of Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS), The Public Education Foundation, Teach For America – Las Vegas Valley and Nevada Succeeds, is excited to announce its plan to proactively aid in providing necessary training to education leaders throughout Clark County in preparation for the newly, state-approved reorganization of the Clark County School District (CCSD).
The reorganization will include the implementation of a site-based leadership school model, the belief that critical decisions affecting instruction should be made at the school level by those most closely involved with the students. This model places more decision making rights in the hands of the school's teachers, parents, and principals, granting the school community freedom to make decisions typically determined by CCSD's central office. Ultimately, the 21st century site-based model is designed to increase community engagement, efficiencies and most importantly student achievement.
In the short-term, there is a lack of funding in place to provide the necessary education leadership training required. Given the immediate need, Las Vegas Sands will fund the important initial first phase of this training to The Public Education Foundation to serve as a catalyst for the Sands Education Council to provide CCSD with this essential training, avoiding any delays.
"Las Vegas Sands, along with the other members of Sands Education Council are excited to provide this support, realizing its effectiveness depends on well trained, 'empowered' principals and teachers," said Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and community affairs for Las Vegas Sands. "Therefore, the need to quickly and properly train these education leaders is crucial for the success of the program. We are happy to support such an important cause that will ultimately provide a better learning environment and education for our local children."
Through careful analysis of the education landscape, Sands Education Council identified training for the associate superintendents and principals as a crucial element, subsequently helping to usher the community into 21st century education delivery by providing CCSD associate superintendents and principals with essential site-based leadership training. The objective of this training is to enable associate superintendents and principals to better recognize, develop and retain great teachers. As a result, local schools will be able to meet the needs of the community with the expectation that students in Clark County would get the very best education.
The Public Education Foundation, through its Leadership Institute, holds over a half decade of experience in developing the best and brightest district, school and community leaders. The 21st century site-based training has been developed to train the top leaders of CCSD, equipping them with a skill set that will promote, support and sustain a culture that will best serve the families and students of CCSD. This opportunity will also provide CCSD associate superintendents and principals with access to local top business leaders through an executive partnership where both public and private sector leaders will engage in ongoing dialogue by developing and implementing best practices in leadership.
Currently, there is training in place that deals with the technical aspects of being an educational leader, as well as training that develops entrepreneurial leadership in order to allow for better problem solving. This initiative is designed to provide customized training in organizational change and the execution of site-based decision making. Sands Education Council is aiming to help administrators in CCSD look at shifting the culture to a place where the leaders of the schools have the support to manage their own results and to look at supporting their own community in the way that makes the most sense for a specific school community.
About Sands Education Council Sands Education Council is a public-private partnership of like-minded organizations focused on bringing awareness, continued attention and proposed solutions to challenges of teacher recruitment, development and retention faced by the Southern Nevada school system.
Sands Education Council also works to address challenges facing the Clark County School District and to identify opportunities that bring about accountable, positive change, uniting best practices from the private business sector and the non-profit education sector to help improve education and make our community a better place to live.
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