Foundation Priority: EDUCATION


According to the US Census Bureau's 2016 population estimates there are 3.3 million public school students in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area (DC / MD / VA).  That's a lot of kids!  The Mentoring by Example Foundation considers it is a priority to work towards advocating for the enhancement of public education in order to ensure all students receive the same educational opportunities for success. In order for a society to prosper and thrive, the public body, upon whom the society is based must be educated. As a community, we've got to hold the importance of education high.  We've got to make our education systems a high priority.  How do we do this? Through engaging partnerships and conversations between communities, educators and policymakers. 

 

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Public engagement

Engagement on the part of all stakeholders is critical to ensuring that Washington DC Metropolitan Area public school students are presented with the opportunities for a quality education. The Mentoring by Example Foundation will focus its advocacy efforts on fostering public engagement opportunities. 

  • Strengthen interactions between communities, students, and schools to bring about true engagement;

  • Encourage and promote business and industry partnerships with public schools; and,

  • Advocate for public education awareness through social media and events.


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Policy 

Public education is a shared ownership. The Mentoring by Example Foundation will focus on enhancing relationships with policymakers in order to foster mutually beneficial relationships.

  • Advocate for school board trustee engagement with policymakers; and,

  • Create public awareness concerning the impacts and effects of legislation on public schools.


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school board management

The Mentoring by Example Foundation will promote effective school board management. With more than 300 school districts in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area serving over 3.3 million students, both the school boards and the superintendents should work together in support of students. The majority of school board members are elected to serve.  The community entrust those they choose to serve based on the understanding that they will endeavor to educate the community's most valuable asset - its children.