Education and Leadership
Welcome to our website. It is our aim to:
- Offer resources for education of and learning science, technology, design, and math through investigation
- Promote evidence-based educational techniques and learning areas for excellence in class, colleges, and communities
- Establish deep, long-term partnerships with certain local schools to produce measurable improvements in student achievement
Education and Leadership
Leadership authority for educative improvement prevails in academic platforms and in the communities they are serving. In general, we can say that educational leadership programs prepare students to perform well in leadership roles in educational organizations and schools at the community, district, state, and national levels. The requirements for efficient, successful and reliable professional techniques in education are becoming increasingly complex. The education curriculum should in general address these complex elements by offering a strong fundamental understanding of multiple perspectives in a multicultural environment.
Leadership and Community
Leadership students must first learn how to critically analyze the conceptual, organizational, political, social, managerial, interpersonal, and technical identities and dimensions of top-notch schools. A good example is the University of Washington. Additionally, they must learn to identify and critically evaluate the social and educational support organizations that are very important to maximize the educative possibilities for young people who grow up in urban communities. Leadership and education students must engage with other schools and community businesses and organizations to directly influence the organization’s performance and learning experiences, the health of the school, community and business, and public service agency activities.
Education: The Engine for Jobs
A long-term strategy for job creation must include a plan to strengthen K-12 education. Economists have long recognized the positive relationship between an investment in education and a strong economy. An educated citizenry leads to increased productivity, economic growth, and good jobs.
- Graduation Struggle. As other industrialized countries increase their numbers of college-educated workers, America is falling behind. As recently as 2003, the U.S. ranked first in percentage of 25-34-year-old’s with a bachelor’s degree, but by 2014 it had dropped to 5th. If these trends continue, the United States will rank 18th by 2019. In a relatively short period of time, most of the world’s industrialized democracies will have surpassed the United States in bachelor’s degree attainment. That’s why we support GED prep initiatives and work with many online providers such as the one mentioned above, BGC. The GED diploma is the first step into a college education for young people who didn’t get their high school diploma.
- Changing Economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that by 2024 over half of all new jobs will require at least some college. Of the 30 fastest growing jobs through 2014, four out of five will require some post-secondary education or training. By 2020, the nation may face a shortage of more than 14 million workers with these skills. Education Pays Huge Economic Dividends
- Personal Income. Simply put, the longer you stay in school and the more you learn, the more money you will make as an adult. In 2008, individuals with less than a high school diploma earned an average income of $21,199, whereas individuals with a bachelor’s degree earned an average income more than twice as high ($49,635). Higher scores on standardized achievement tests also contribute to higher earnings:
- Several recent studies suggest that boosting student achievement scores by a standard deviation increases future earnings by 12 percent.
- One recent study found that students who made substantial test score gains in mathematics during high school had higher earnings than their peers seven years later. “The high correlation between test scores and socioeconomic status suggests that one way to improve the skills and productivity of those at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder is to improve their test scores.”
- Greater Output. If America could raise the skills of its students to the middle of the pack of European nations over the next decade, our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would grow by an additional five percent over 30 years. That would mean an extra $1.5 trillion in 2037 alone—more than triple what we currently spend on K-12 public education. Over a 50-year period, this increase in skills would yield incomes that are an additional 64 percent higher.
- Greater Productivity. Increasing the education level of workers by one year increases national economic growth by five to 15 percent and increases productivity by 8.5 percent in manufacturing and 12.7 percent in non-manufacturing industries.
- Greater Savings. If one-third of all Americans without a high school education were to get more education, the savings would range from $3.8 billion to $6.7 billion in family assistance, $3.7 billion in Food Stamps, and $400 million in housing assistance. Improving Education Leads to Savings for Taxpayers
- Cost of Drop Outs. The poverty rate for families headed by dropouts is more than twice that of families headed by high school graduates. Each cohort of dropouts costs the U.S. $192 billion in lost income and taxes. Adding just one additional year of schooling for those students would recoup nearly half those losses.
- Cost of Remediation. Just at the community college level, families spend $283 million annually to pay for remedial courses every year, and taxpayers foot an additional $978 million. Counting lost productivity because students who take remedial courses are much less likely to earn a degree, poor preparation costs $2.3 billion annually.17 Greenspan and Bernanke Agree In a September 24, 2007 speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ben Bernanke, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve spoke about the economic necessity of investing in education: “Education fundamentally supports advances in productivity, upon which our ability to generate continuous improvement in our standard of living depends. If we are to successfully navigate such challenges as the retirement of the baby-boom generation, advancing technology, and increasing globalization, we must work diligently to maintain the quality of our educational system where it is strong and strive to improve it where it is not.”
- In his 2007 book, The Age of Turbulence, Alan Greenspan writes about the economic consequences of a weak education system: “A dysfunctional U.S. elementary and secondary education system has failed to prepare our students sufficiently rapidly to prevent a shortage of skilled workers and a surfeit of lesser-skilled ones, expanding the pay gap between the two groups. Unless America’s education system can raise skill levels as quickly as technology requires, skilled workers will continue to earn greater wage increases, leading to ever more disturbing extremes of income concentration