Close to 90 individuals from the business, faith based, schools, non-profits and city government attended the Alignment SW Charlotte Summit. The round table discussions centered on how to colaborate together to improve our schools.

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After Summer of Angst, SW Charlotte Steps Up to Support Public Schools
Community Working Together to Coordinate Resources and Make a Difference in Education


WHAT: After a Summer of angst over budget cuts,  about 80 professionals from over 50 organizations will be conducting a work session to determine how CMS K-12 schools can work closer with businesses, churches, the City of Charlotte, nonprofits, colleges, and neighborhood associations.  The movement is being called Alignment SW Charlotte.

Participants from the community will be organized in 7-8 teams and sit at work tables with principals from elementary, middle, and high schools to determine the most meaningful ways that they can work together during the 2013-2014 school year.  Information obtained from a “community assets and needs mapping survey” was used as a “matchmaker” for determining which community partners might best be able to help certain schools.

WHY:  To bring community organizations and resources into alignment so that their coordinated support of Charlotte’s youth has a positive impact on public school success, children’s health, and the success of our community as a whole.

“ We embrace a “cradle to career” focus in finding ways to act together and align interests so more children reach their human potential which will allow communities, neighborhoods and business reach their potential as well,” says Charles Wilkerson, president of the Arrowood Business Association, one of the movement’s keys sponsors.

“We intend to leverage and expand upon the great success that our organization and so many others have had in making a difference at the Olympic Community of Schools — a phenomenal  success story since it started seriously collaborating with the Charlotte community  through public-private partnerships.  We all need to get out of our silos and finds ways to work together with public education.”

WHO: 12 CMS K-12 schools, including the 7 K-8 schools that feed the 5 high schools housed at the Olympic campus, along with significant engagement from the business, faith, nonprofit, and post-secondary communities.

WHEN:  Wednesday, August 14, 2013      1:30 p.m – 3:30 am ET

WHERE: Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church     9401 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28273


About The Olympic Community of Schools

The Olympic Community of Schools consists of five autonomous theme-based high schools housed within Olympic High School campus, and it is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates small school movement.  The five schools are: School of Global Studies and Economics; Renaissance School; Biotechnology, Health and Public Administration; School of International Business and Communications Studies; and the School of Math, Engineering, Technology and Science. The Olympic small schools are committed to providing students a high school learning experience that is relevant and engaging.  Since converting to a small school operational model seven years ago, EOC test scores have increased by over 65% at Olympic, and the small school campus has been recognized nationally by corporate leaders like Microsoft for their innovation and 21st century focus in better preparing students with vital skills needed for success in school, work, and life.