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K-12 – Alliance for Education

MISSION:  The Alliance for Education changes the question between education and business leadership from “what can you do for us?” to “what can we do together to educate all children well?”. 

The Alliance focuses on raising graduation rates, preparing students for success in college and career, and bridging the skills gap in our community by:

  • Building school morale by recognizing and rewarding the great work of educators in the school improvement.
  • Building leadership capacity, learning communities, and connections between PreK-12 education, post-secondary education, and the business community. 
  • Providing financial and intellectual resources to principals and teachers for testing new ideas and expansion of best practices.


Sponsored by Willis-Knighton Health Systems and operated by the Alliance for Education, the Path to Excellence program recognizes schools that exhibit excellence in overall performance and improvement as measured by School Performance Scores

Criteria: Path to Excellence awards go to schools who are in the top 25% of all Louisiana schools based on improvement in School Performance Scores from the previous year.

Honored schools will be recognized in four ways:

  1. Large banner that can be placed outside or inside the school to recognize school accomplishment.  
  2. Monetary award. 
  3. Public recognition at a school assembly of the school’s choice.  
  4. Print and visual media recognition will be sought for selected schools with the greatest improvement.


The Alliance for Education will award grants of up to $20,000 to qualifying schools in Caddo Parish that commit to expand the opportunity for students to earn a Louisiana High School Diploma within the JumpStart Pathway.

This expansion of the JumpStart Pathway to a diploma includes piloting high-demand/high-wage JumpStart Career Pathways for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years through the acquisition of teacher credentials and teacher training such as professional development, externships and industry-based credentials, as well as expanded training for Career Counselors to work with each student seeking the JumpStart Pathway to a LA High School Diploma.

To be eligible, individual schools must submit an Implementation Plan which will be scored competitively for a robust school-based JumpStart Pathway Program. 

In supporting this program, the Alliance for Education will also be participating in providing best practices in the Jump Start initiative in Louisiana that is already attracting nationwide attention.  This is likely to help other school districts and schools across the state and nation in developing and organizing their effort.

 For more information on the Alliance for Education please contact Dr. Tim Magner at the chamber by calling (318) 677-2500 or by emailing

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