Community members are invited to get an update on how Las Vegas Downtown Achieves (LVDA) is helping transform the lives of students in downtown schools during a symposium on Nov. 3, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Western High School, 4601 W Bonanza Rd. Click here to register.
The event will include presentations by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky and Joseph Morgan, PhD for the UNLV Department of Education and Clinical Studies, who will present a report on the preliminary research that has been gathered from the program in the last year and discuss the goals for next year. LVDA seeks to create systems that can be replicated throughout Nevada to ensure academic success for students, resulting in improved learning, improved test scores, increased attendance, more parent participation and additional support and resources to better serve our students.
The program was launched more than a year ago with a focus on ensuring the academic success for 12,500 children attending schools in and around the downtown core of Las Vegas. Las Vegas Downtown Achieves is made up of multiple government, nonprofit, and private sector partners, and is designed to improve the academic outcomes of children located in seven elementary, two middle and two high schools aligned in a feeder pattern within the Clark County School District. The city of Las Vegas is helping facilitate the program and UNLV is assisting with analytics.
“Too many of our children, living in poverty, are unable to read, write or do math at a grade-appropriate level. This condition results in a generation of students who drop out of high school and cost our community more than $1 billion in lost lifetime earnings each year,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “LVDA is compelled to deliver on the promise of an excellent education for our children, and positively impact the economic vitality of our community.”
Las Vegas Downtown Achieves (LVDA) positions Nevada to be a national leader through a Collective Impact Approach to Academic Success. The organization provides the platform for dialogue and meaningful actions necessary for a high quality education experience in its 11 target schools. Community leaders within public and private organizations have come together to create a collective focused on supporting schools in downtown Las Vegas, and to craft a model that can be replicated across the state, and the country.