The online community is based on President Obama's promise that by the year 2020 the United States will have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. The American Institutes for Research (AIR), partnering with the U.S. Department of Education, hopes to provide opportunities for key stakeholders to share knowledge through the online community.
The U.S. Department of Education seeks organizations that show the following characteristics:
- Composed of school and/or district personnel and representatives from one or more organizations with whom they are actively participating in dropout prevention and recovery for over-age, under-credited youth
- Likely to benefit substantially from engagement in the community and also to have distinct expertise or perspective to contribute
- Willing to make a firm commitment to participating actively and consistently in the activities noted on the agenda
- Receiving help in negotiating difficult, authentic problems they face in their dropout prevention and recovery initiatives through regular interaction with a diverse group of other practitioners struggling with similar challenges, supported by skilled facilitators and outside experts.
- Having their expertise recognized, documented, and celebrated to a national audience, increasing their impact and prestige.
- Influencing policies of the U.S. Department of Education and other agencies that enable and constrain their work.
- Contributing to addressing a significant challenge for our society more effectively and on a larger scale than would be possible working in isolation.
It sounds like a great opportunity for those involved with at-risk youth! If your team is interested in applying to join, contact Marshal Conley (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 1, 2012. Include a brief description of how your team qualifies to join the online community and what you hope to gain from the experience. Good luck!