The Las Vegas City Council today agreed to partner with Teach For America to partially fund a teacher development program that will provide up to 25 teachers in downtown schools over the next two years. The city will provide $62,500 to Teach For America to help offset costs associated with recruiting, selecting and training the teachers. Teach For America will work with the Clark County School District (CCSD) to place the teachers in schools in city Wards 1, 3 and 5.
In addition, the City Council approved a one-year contract with Communities In Schools Of Nevada to provide an education coordinator at Rex Bell Elementary School to support students and empower them to stay in school and achieve. The city is providing $35,000 for the position.
“The city of Las Vegas is committed to working with our education partners to increase reading proficiency and the high school graduation rate,” Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. “This program brings highly trained Teach For America corps professionals to instruct at our inner city schools, and we hope that this sets a precedent and improves the quality of education across the city.”
Teach For America has been a long-standing collaborator with the CCSD and currently has 270 corps members teaching in the district spread over 56 schools. A Teach For America corps member has been named Clark County New Teacher of the Year every year since 2005-06.
The new partnership with the city will increase the number of Teach For America trained instructors in Las Vegas. The term of the agreement is two years, and the city will receive biannual reports from Teach For America on the impacts of the program.
In conjunction with the city of Las Vegas’ priority of community pride, educational attainment has become a focus. The city has previously partnered with the Public Education Foundation on the Literacy Liftoff Campaign that gives incoming kindergartners a head start on reading.