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Education

A skilled and educated workforce is increasingly essential to a community’s economic vitality. Even when city officials do not play a direct role in governing their school systems, there are numerous ways in which they can exercise leadership to support youth education beginning with pre-school, expand alternatives for students who struggle in traditional educational settings, increase high school graduation rates, and promote college access and completion.

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  • CitiesSpeak

Both cities and the federal government want great schools because they help create a strong workforce, boosting the economy at a local and national level – but the legal and fiscal powers of both levels of government are…

photo - Forecasting the Role of Cities in Education
photo - Forecasting the Role of Cities in Education
  • CitiesSpeak

Competing in a global economy demands that we continue supporting manufacturing areas by providing skilled workers with certificates and degrees from qualified community and technical colleges.

This is a guest…

photo - The City of Wichita Leads the Way in Career and Technical Education
photo - The City of Wichita Leads the Way in Career and Technical Education
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“Imagine a city known for excellent environmental education because its parks are natural classroom. As a city, we are creating greater access to nature for all of our younger residents.” -Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mayor…

photo - Seven Cities Activate Strategies to Connect Kids to Nature
photo - Seven Cities Activate Strategies to Connect Kids to Nature
  • Toolkit

The quality of public schools and the long-term prospects of cities – almost every local elected official knows that these two things are closely linked. The connection is based in part on the central role that schools play in building stable…

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School building
  • CitiesSpeak

City teams heard from a panel of three national experts about the area where workplace and economic support policies intersect with early childhood education.

Earlier this month, NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education,…

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  • CitiesSpeak

As part of our efforts to promote professional development among city leaders, we often feature TED Talks focused on cities, community issues or local government. This week’s talk is presented by Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor…

  • Case Studies & Practices
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City leaders sought to raise the prominence and economic prowess of Gaithersburg through creation of a world class book festival. Five years after its creation in 2010, the event has solidified the city's position…

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Thinking strategically about child care and preschool programs when making land use decisions and creating economic development plans can provide a big boost to early learning opportunities. In Santa Monica, a city ordinance…

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To improve outcomes for young children, early literacy must be a community-wide priority. When city leaders focus attention on early literacy they can be an important catalysts for change by communicating the significance of strong…

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Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are places where parents can go to get information on raising and educating their children. Funded through the Fort Worth public library, city staff help families learn how to develop their children's…