(Ft. Lauderdale, FL August 4, 2010) – United Way of Broward County (UWBC) received a grant from United Way Worldwide (UWW) for advancing its educational mission to cut high school dropout numbers in half by 2018 and graduate all students college and career ready.
UWW’s Increasing Teacher Effectiveness Challenge Grant is designed to help states and local communities develop communication and advocacy strategies to support and enhance effective teachers and create tools that communities and United Ways can use and replicate across the system. Funding for UWW’s work has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“We look forward to adding our voice and resources to the innovative work being done in our community to make sure our children acquire the educational skills they need to step into the job market and compete in a global economy,” said Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson Ph.D., president & CEO of UWBC. “We look forward to collaborating with students, parents, educators, administrators, local business leaders, elected officials and others in the coming months to advance the goals of this challenge grant. We’re excited about this initiative, not only because it’s the right thing to do for our children, but, as an organization, it aligns with our strong commitment to education, income and health.”
Research shows teacher effectiveness is one of the most significant determinants of students’ academic success throughout their school careers. By advancing policies to promote teacher effectiveness, the United Way project should also help boost high school graduation, college readiness and workforce readiness, especially among low-income and minority students.
One of the key impact areas for UWBC is helping youth achieve their potential. As the largest non government funder of health and human services in Broward County, critical education programs are funded annually through our Community Investment Fund. More resources will be focused on education issues in the coming year, not only through the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, but also with a new initiative addressing the needs of families and their children residing in the neighborhood surrounding Sunland Elementary School.