Congratulations to Amelia Davis Courts, selected as the new president and chief executive officer of the independent group, The Education Alliance.
A private-sector initiative, The Education Alliance operates programs and advances policies to improve achievement by public school students in West Virginia.
Courts, with 25 years experience in education, succeeds Patricia S. Kusimo, who leaves the Alliance after five years of growth and intelligent leadership.
Begun 30 years ago in July, The Education Alliance has advanced public education through a variety of projects, initially through partnerships between public schools and local businesses.
The partnership program was so successful, that in 1999, 15 years after it started, the Alliance had succeeded in connecting every school in the state with at least one business partner. And both the schools and their business partners are better for it.
The schools get volunteers and creative activities for their students while the partners get to connect with local students, their teachers and administrators, helping people from each part of the community come to know and understand the needs of the other.
The Education Alliance's eMentoring program connects high school students electronically with dedicated mentors in their area of career interest. Volunteer mentors commit 15 minutes per week sharing their unique career story through a safe and secure process.
The eMentoring and business partnership programs are just two of The Education Alliance's innovative programs to reduce the state's dropout rate and help students become ready for college or careers.
The Education Alliance is a great example of how a small group of dedicated and creative people, combined with strong community support, can make a positive difference. It helps schools from the outside without the regulatory constraints school personnel face.
May Courts and The Education Alliance continue to have great success in helping West Virginia achieve meaningful and lasting reform of its public schools.
Learn more at www.educationalliance.org.