Educator Engagement

SUPPORTING CENTRAL IOWA’S EDUCATION PIPELINE—EDUCATORS

Greater Des Moines is the fastest-growing metro in the Midwest. The region has been recognized as a top place in the country to do business by the likes of Forbes. To keep the positive momentum, we must increase our talent pipeline and develop the right talent to meet workforce needs.

Education Drives Our Greater Economy (EDGE) aims to:

Ensure that 75 percent of Central Iowa adults have postsecondary certificates, credentials and degrees by 2025 that align with workforce needs.

We need your help.

Let’s improve our region’s odds that all citizens will have the education they need to effectively match their skill sets with workforce needs.

  1. ACHIEVE
  • Ensure high quality teaching and learning in classrooms is taking place from early education through postsecondary experiences
  • Prepare students for the next level of learning, challenge them to reach new educational heights and ensure they are developing skills needed to succeed with postsecondary experiences, jobs and in life
  1. BUILD COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP

Strong leadership among all school stakeholders – administrators, teachers, students, staff, and parents – is essential for effectively managing schools

  1. EXPAND INNOVATIVE PRACTICES THAT WORK

Central Iowa is home to many outstanding schools and programs that are setting a gold standard for excellence. These innovative and evidence-based practices should be understood and replicated

  1. IMPROVE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

All education and workforce stakeholders must be held to new and more transparent levels of responsibility for student success from school readiness to high school completion to postsecondary experiences and employment

  1. ONE VOICE” FOR EDUCATION POLICY & FUNDING

Our education system will benefit from having “one voice” when advocating at the state on issues impacting young people from cradle through career in our region. The voice of business is especially convincing with legislators and local citizens – shape the agenda for improving outcomes for students – thus emphasizing the need for ongoing relationships and collaborations with business & industry

  1. PROVIDE STUDENTS PATHWAYS FOR WORKFORCE AND CAREER PREPARATION

Cross-sector collaboration in advancing career pathway strategies is critical to improving postsecondary success and to better prepare students for our global economy. Collaborate with the business/industry community to develop internships, externships and mentoring opportunities which can ultimately lead to workforce recruitment

  1. DELIVER RESULTS THAT MATTER

Collect complete data about workforce outcomes and leadership actions

EDGE is a community campaign to build a sustainable cradle through career talent pipeline for Central Iowa. Improving the educational pipeline is crucial to achieving a skilled workforce and human talent pipeline.

The campaign has been galvanized and mobilized by 140 private and public partners who recognize the role education and business play in building a sustainable talent pipeline.

Help us to ensure that every student and adult succeeds. Our economic future depends on creating a well-educated workforce. Become an EDGE advocate today; sign the EDGE pledge by visiting www.edge75X25.com!

Contact Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Talent Development
for the Greater Des Moines Partnership

mbontrager@desmoinesmetro.com for more information.