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8/2/2019 EconomicDevelopment

Regional Collaboration Key to High School Transformation

A historic partnership between the four public school districts and the five chambers in Pulaski County is forming around a new model for public high school. Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) mobilizes educators, local employers and community leaders to transform teaching and learning in high schools by creating and maintaining career-themed academies.

This transformative process prepares students who will graduate from high school ready for college, careers, lifelong learning and leadership so they can compete successfully in the modern economy. Teachers in career academies work collaboratively, intertwining the academy’s career lens across core academics to deliver relevant learning with real-world experiences provided by local industry.

The NGL framework is not a one-size-fits-all model; it requires significant and sustained input from community and school stakeholders, especially from teachers who are closest to the work. This fall, the planning process will begin with community visioning followed by master plan writing and implementation prep work. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed throughout this process from all parts of the community.

On August 22nd the Little Rock Regional Chamber, in partnership with the Jacksonville, Maumelle, North Little Rock, and Sherwood Chambers of Commerce will host a luncheon to discuss Ford NGL. The four Pulaski County superintendents will discuss their vision for this work and share how businesses can become involved in bettering public education for all students in Pulaski County. For more information or to register for the event in August, please click here.

For more information about the Pulaski County Ford NGL work to date please visit www.littlerockchamber.com/ngl.