Where These Partnerships Can Lead
Ford PAS has held a series of conferences at which students, teachers, administrators, employers, and community leaders have gathered to share what they have learned, exchange ideas, and create a common vision for the future. At each of these conferences, the students (from diverse and typically disadvantaged backgrounds) have galvanized the adult participants with their energy, intelligence, creativity, and aspirations. For example:
- The high school-aged girl from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who went from homelessness and apathy in the classroom to success in her Ford PAS studies and a firm path to college.
- The young man from San Antonio, Texas, who gave a light-hearted answer to an interviewer about what he might tell an administrator who visited his Ford PAS economics classroom: “You can leave—there’s learning going on here, and you don’t want to get in the way!”
Particularly in a time of economic anxiety and scarce resources, the advantage of Ford PAS Next Generation Learning is that it provides practical, accessible programs that can be used to mobilize entire communities around educational change that is doable and sustainable.
Everyone involved in Ford PAS Next Generation Learning believes that we owe a commitment to these students and the young people like them across the country. We commit to employing the best strategies and creating the systems that will motivate them to continue to learn. We commit to providing them with the foundation on which they can create promising futures, for themselves, their communities, and their country.