Improving Our Children's Education Through Collaboration

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Working together in new ways can make a big difference in how our kids learn.

That's the message from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), two unusual allies -- and strong partners of United Way -- who have come together around a common passion: struggling students.

Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of high school. Among those who do graduate, one-third need remedial courses in college and far too few actually earn a degree. Many national organizations, including United Way, are focused on changing these odds, and one of the keys to success is to support effective teaching. In fact, students who have the benefit of effective teaching can learn up to an entire grade level more each year than their counterparts.

So how do we make sure every child has that opportunity?

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