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Mission & Goals

Bring our community together to invest in innovative practices that enrich the environment for student learning.

Student Centered.
  We make decisions based on what is in the best interest of children with a special focus on students who face barriers to obtaining an education.  We believe all students can achieve at high levels when provided with high-quality instruction and support.

Serving Students Through Teachers.   We know that teachers have the ability to change the lives of their students.  We support teachers with resources and experiences to enhance high-quality instruction.

Community Focused and Collaborative.  Educating our children is a community responsibility.  We listen openly and proactively to the public, community organizations, and parents to involve them in ways that ensure all children have access to high-quality educational opportunities in the classroom and the real world.

Inclusive and Respectful. We intentionally work to include diverse voices at the decision-making table.

Transparent and Accountable.  We operate with the utmost integrity and transparency to build trusted, sustainable relationships.  Our fiscal operations are exemplary.

Innovative.  We are a catalyst for positive change and a vehicle for innovation that supports student learning.



1.     Foster real-world learning opportunities for students and families.


  • Develop school-embedded model to support students to be well prepared for college/career (Real World Learning Model).
  • Provide mentoring and coaching opportunities for students and families to find resources for post-secondary success.
  • Expand post-secondary scholarship access for students (i.e. Take Stock in Children)

2.    Cultivate opportunities for educators to engage with their community and each other.


  • Create opportunities to connect educators with community leaders
  • Invest in and share innovative/best practices through classroom grants and Golden Apple

3.    Build community-based networks to promote collaboration, innovation, and sharing of resources.


  • Cultivate strategic alliances that leverage community resources
  • Continue to engage the community and educators through ongoing Connect Now community engagement
  • Utilize communication and outreach strategies that cultivate volunteerism and giving

 4.    Leverage resources to create a strong and sustainable base of financial support.


  • Strengthen and build relationships with existing and new donors
  • Leverage support for grants and scholarships
  • Build endowment through legacy giving