Now that you know what the concept is, the question is what are you going to do?
- Will you be a spectator that thinks this could be a promising initiative and are looking forward to seeing what happens?
- Or will you conclude this is a promising initiative and it is worth you putting in time and effort to help make it a success?
If the initiative is not as successful as it could be (nationally or locally), will it be because you did not do all you could have to help make it as successful as possible?
If you claim to be committed to helping education and believe this initiative could make a significant difference but do not act to support it, then what does that say about you?
- That you know of a concrete program that has an even better chance to improve achievement for an even greater % of students nationally in an equally short or shorter time (if so, tell us what it is so we can switch our support – the goal is the student achievement and not whose program is getting us there).
- That you do not really believe this initiative can achieve a significant improvement in student achievement for any significant % of students.
- That you are not really that concerned about education or at least not the education of the current under-achievers.
Assuming no one informs us of a better initiative to get behind, the next steps for this initiative include:
- Building a nationwide advocacy network of concerned individuals and organizations that will help spread the word and build local support for the initiative following the initial kickoff. (This includes building a nationwide network of engaged activist high school and college students that realize that the future of their generation is dependent on the % of their generation that succeed in becoming highly productive and contributing members of society.)
- Building a coalition of key partner organizations and individuals to provide the resources, excitement, incentives, etc. in conjunction with the initiative or simply help promote the initiative and win other supporters for it. We seek to include any organizations or individuals that might contribute to the goal of helping almost 100% of 4th graders achieve close to 100% grade level mastery in 2020/21 and then expanding the initiative to additional grades and subjects in subsequent years. This includes:
- Mentoring/tutoring/coaching organizations like United Way, AARP-Experience Corps, iMentor, Big Brother Big Sister, etc.
- Learning Tool Publishers/providers like Khan Academy, McGraw Hill (ALEKS), dreambox, Google, etc.
- Needs Clearing House Services like DonorsChoose.org.
- Device manufacturers like Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Toshiba, ASUS, Acer, HP, etc.
- Internet bandwidth providers like Verizon, AT&T, COMCAST, etc.
- Incentive providers like Sports franchises, entertainers and other personalities, etc.
- Corporate Supporters with a history of public service advertising for Education like Exxon/Mobil, Siemens, etc.
- Influential individuals like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Mike Bloomberg, etc.
- Media Outlets and personalities like the major television networks, NAA (Newspaper Association of America), NNA (National Newspaper Association), media personalities, etc.
- Associations of high school and university newspapers like the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and associations of school websites, blogs, etc.
- Education Associations like the NEA, AFT, NAESP, AASA, CCSSO, etc. as well as associations of teachers of Mathematics such as NCTM.
- Youth organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.
- Community Support Organizations like Rotary, Lions, Religious Organizations, etc.)
Please help us maximize the success of this initiative. Help get some of the above or similar organizations or individuals related to such organizations to join the effort or simply help us get more advocates on board or improve the ideas or presentation of the concepts (better design for the web site, etc.).
If you would like to help promote this initiative, or make it better in any way, please contact us at one of the following addresses:
Thank you for your interest in improving education and the future prospects of our society.