Education Means Business

Terrell Hill, founding principal of High School Inc., inspires tomorrow's insurance and finance leaders

Another successful model is Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, a coalition of more than 100 leading businesses committed to improving student achievement within the state. Executive Director June Streckfus and LaTara Harris, director of partnerships and outreach, say the organization has come a long way from its founding nearly two decades ago. In those early years, there was friction. Streckfus reflects: “Educators were saying, ‘You’re [the business community] out there critiquing us, not supporting us,’ [while] business was saying, ‘You’re not producing the core product that we need to advance our company.’”

Through trust-building and performance—more than 3,000 volunteers work with MBRT to impact nearly 50,000 middle and high school students in their classrooms each year—discord evolved into collaboration and investment. Businessman James Pitts, the corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman electronic systems, now chairs MBRT’s board. “I think we’ve moved from animosity to alignment. You can’t just put a Band-Aid on a system if there isn’t core reform going on. By ‘core reform’ I mean the raising of standards, assessments against those standards to make sure students are learning at a high level, and then accountability for teachers, students, parents, and the business community,” says Streckfus.

Another path to success for students and companies alike is providing access to quality

classroom instruction as well as on-the-job training. After four decades, INROADS still represents the nation’s largest nonprofit to prepare talented, underserved minority youth for the corporate world. In 2009, the mentorship organization, which partners with nearly 200 corporate clients, was named one of the top 10 internship programs, and has begun expanding its focus on the high school set. Executive Leadership Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Executive Leadership Council—the nation’s leading organization of senior black executives—recently awarded INROADS a $250,000 grant to launch the College Links pilot program in Washington, D.C., and Chicago.  “We’re looking for high-performing, college-bound students with leadership ability who are interested in STEM and business careers,” says Javona Braxton, INROADS’ national director of learning and development. “We want to work with them to develop their college and career goals, and to make sure they understand the link between academic success and career success. We’re preparing the pipeline of future African American members of the C-suite.”

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  • Paul W. W

    Great article! Great man leading the parade, keep up the good work.

  • WALTER WEBB / FREELANCE WRITING

    THE WORLD EDUCATION HAS GROWN SO MUCH IT SEEMS AS THOUGH IT STREETS ARE PAVED WITH GOLD. TIAA CREF (TRIEX) TEACHERS ARE NOT ONLY INVESTING IN THE WELFARE OF THEIR STUDENTS, BUT A NEST EGG FOR THEIR FAMILIES. FOLLOWING PRINCIPLE PATH OF WISDOM, INVESTING IS EDUCATION IS A SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS THING TO DO. TAKE STRAYER UNIVERSITY (STRA) EVEN AT A WHOOPING $100 DOLLARS OR MORE PER SHARE PRICE THE SCHOOL HAS CARVED AN EDUCATIONAL
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    IN ITS CURRICULUM. MANY OF THEIR STUDENTS LOOK AT SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS INVESTMENTS LIKE CAPSTONE CHURCH FUND (XCBFX) AS A MEANS IN THEIR OVERALL
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    APARTMENTS FOR STUDENTS. COMPANIES IN EDUCATION ARE PREPARED TO MEET THE
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  • Mechelle Brown

    This is a great article; however, the school where the student’s pictured with Mr. Thornton attend is not mentioned anywhere in the article.
    As a parent of a student who attends the school, I am happy to fill in the missing information your writers omitted.
    The school is Scholars Academy Charter School, located in Riverdale, Georgia.
    We, too, are doing great things with a limited budget and are in need of partnerships to help enhance the education of our students.

    • Mechelle Brown

      Please excuse my typo.

  • Abby

    Linda: Just cauhgt up with your blog sounds like you are fully engaged and lovin it! While you are missed, you’ll be back soon with new ideas. Enjoy!!! Joe

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