What can business leaders do to support education?

     
  • Share information about schools with friends and coworkers.  The success of our students and schools impacts the economic success and the quality of life in our community.
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  • Become a Mentor.  Business people can help at-risk students understand the relationship between their studies and their future.  Many types of mentoring options are available, even having a conversation with a student regularly makes an important contribution to their future success.
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  • Encourage employees to mentor at public schools.  The schools need the involvement of the local community. Consider granting employees an hour of paid leave time each week to help a student.
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  • Donate services and materials.  Donate any working electronics, file folders, or other related school supplies to schools and students in need.
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  • Become an Advocate for education.  Talk about and support education within your organization and the larger business community.  
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  • Actively encourage and support opportunities for your own employees to improve their own education.  Parents are the first teachers of their children.
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  • Support family-friendly policies for education.  Allow employees paid leave time to visit their children’s teachers and participate in other school activities.
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  • Work with local districts to explain what skills and occupations are needed in your business. Identify knowledge and skills needed in your business or profession and work with our school system to provide internships and vocational training in those areas.
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  • Help students who want to work for you understand that you value education. Ask to see their report cards and check their attendance when hiring teenagers. This helps to connect the dots between school and work.
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  • Advocate at the state and national level.  Elected officials listen to you! Work with our school officials to understand the pitfalls of our state and federal accountability systems and school funding then share your concerns with elected officials.

What can YOU do to support education?

        
  • Share information about schools with friends and coworkers.  The success of our students impacts the economic success, safety and the quality of life in our community.  Share positive news regarding our schools and the success of our students within your own circle of influence.
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  • Become a Mentor. Anyone can help at-risk students understand the relationship between their studies and their future.  Many types of mentoring options are available, even having a conversation with a student on a regular basis makes an important contribution to their future.
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  • Encourage others to mentor in public schools.  The students and the schools need the involvement of the local community.  If you are a business owner, consider opportunities for your workers to mentor students during the workday as a “give-back” to the community.
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  • Donate your services and materials.  Donate any working electronics, file folders, or other related school supplies to schools and students in need.
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  • Become an Advocate for education.  Talk about and support education within your peer groups and the larger community.
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  • Actively encourage and support opportunities for adults, particularly parents with low education, to improve their own education.  Support local agencies that provide adult education, ESL classes, parenting classes, etc…
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  • Support family-friendly policies for education. Allow yourself time to visit your children’s teachers and participate in other school activities.
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  • Advocate at the state and national level.  Elected officials listen to you! Work with our school officials to understand the issues related to state and federal accountability systems, school funding, programs for at-risk youth, etc. Then share your concerns and recommendations with elected officials.   Ask applicable candidates for office questions regarding their educational platform before casting your ballot.
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