PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, March 2, 2014 — Local non-profit Leadership Seacoast, an organization committed to developing informed and active community leaders, is pleased to announce Measured Progress and the Monarch School of New England have sponsored Education Day to be held at Spaulding High School in Rochester, New Hampshire later this week.
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The 37 member class will explore the complex issues surrounding education public policy, best practices, and the widening skills gap in the Seacoast region during its fourth program day intensive. A startling four out of every 10 new college students take remedial courses, and many employers comment on the inadequate preparation of high school graduates.

“Let’s face it, we simply are not meeting educational system goals,” said Jennifer Wheeler, executive director of Leadership Seacoast. “More-over, state standards and assessments generally do not reflect the knowledge and skills needed for student success in college and careers.”

The goal for America’s educational system is to have every student graduate from high school ready for college or a career. But while all states have developed and implemented standards as required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), in many cases, these standards do not reflect the knowledge and skills needed for success after high school, either in further education or in a job. During this program day intensive, the class will investigate discrepancies in the region and discuss the ever divisive Common Core testing standards.

Because of the support of area organizations like Measured Progress and Monarch School of New England, Leadership Seacoast is able to provide meaningful experiences for every student, offer scholarships to participants, create further opportunities for alumni, and secure the best speakers and venues. For more information about Leadership Seacoast and becoming a corporate sponsor, visit http://www.leadershipseacoast.org/ or contact Jennifer Wheeler at603-334–6063 or jwheeler@leadershipseacoast.org.

ABOUT LEADERSHIP SEACOAST

Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Leadership Seacoast is a six-month experiential learning program for those who want to discover how their communities function and how they can become a positive catalyst for change. The program is a behind-the-scenes exploration of the places, programs, influencers, and experts who power the Seacoast community. Program highlights include nine interactive days spent exploring community issues and themes around justice, education, economic development, government, health and human services, the environment, and arts and culture.

Leadership Seacoast alumni make a difference in their communities through networking, active involvement, and personal action. Since its inception in 1988, Leadership Seacoast has created a strong foundation that values diversity of opinion and consensus building to find solutions to challenges affecting the Seacoast’s community and its future.