WNY Education Alliance is partnering with teachers, schools, literacy experts, education consultants, and community groups to raise awareness of the Science of Reading, change the way in which students are taught to read, identify dyslexia at an earlier age, and improve literacy rates for children in Western New York.
Inspired by the Aspen Institute’s Project Play initiative, WNY Education Alliance is partnering with youth sports organizations, community groups, local schools, and other non-profits to expand youth athletic opportunities. This project is focused on promoting the mental and physical health benefits associated with physical activity of all types, from team sports to individual activities.
WNY Education Alliance provides financial support for local mentorship programs that help children in underserved communities throughout Western New York. Mentorship programs can play an important role in supporting improved educational outcomes.
WNY Education Alliance is concerned about the negative impact that technology can have on the educational, social, and emotional development of children. This initiative supports increased education and awareness of the harmful effects that technology can have on students. WNY Education Alliance is partnering with technology experts, parent organizations, community groups, and schools to help promote safe technology habits.
WNY Education Alliance launched The 180 Day Project in September 2021 to highlight the desperate need to keep children in school for 180 days following two years of disruptions to in-person instruction. As part of this initiative, WNY Education Alliance successfully advocated for the implementation of a Test-To-Stay program in New York State to keep healthy students in school. As schools have safely reopened, our work has shifted to exploring legislative solutions to make sure that the educational rights of children are protected in the future.
We launched The Mind the Gap Project to help address learning loss and the student mental health crisis resulting from school closures during the pandemic. Given the chronic absenteeism, mental health issues, and academic challenges, this work has taken on increased importance and remains an area of focus.