To create alignment between the business and education communities so that our region’s children achieve their greatest potential and our communities can capitalize on a creative and talented workforce. Toward that our strategies and tactics are guided by five core principles:
We are dedicated to measures that improve student achievement
Responsible for our commitments and responsive to our members and the media
Application of creative approaches to develop solutions with a proven ROI
Results should be available, concise and clear to all constituents
Investments of time, talent and treasure must have measureable outcomes
History of Aligned
In response to the education crises in Kansas and Missouri, Tyler Nottberg, Chairman & CEO of U.S. Engineering Company Holdings, along with David Oliver of Berkowitz Oliver, Jonathan Freiden, CEO of U.S. Toy & Constructive Play Things, and President Torree Pederson, founded Aligned (formerly the Alliance for Childhood Education) in October 2011.
Since 2011, Aligned has assembled a coalition of business and civic leaders who are committed to focusing strategically on ways that communities can work better together to foster student achievement and economic development. Aligned is the only state-wide business group in Kansas or Missouri focused exclusively on education issues.
Work as a third-party facilitator to address issues that matter most to educational achievement
Provide mentoring and career education opportunities for students and teachers
Get involved with School Board and School District decision makers to address issues
Participate at the community level to create multi-party dialogues around education
Pay attention to education policy at the Federal, State and local levels
Engage business leaders in education efforts that promote workforce readiness in an increasingly competitive and globalized world.
Leverage the knowledge and resources of business leaders to generate dialogue and partnerships between and among businesses, as well as other key stakeholders.
Encourage the thoughtful investment of time, talent and treasure by businesses in education initiatives that will enhance student achievement and contribute to long-term economic development.
To this end, Aligned serves as a non-partisan convener of stakeholders that can educate and influence local, state and national policymakers on a regular basis to drive reform efforts.
Our Strategic Goals in 2018
- Grow our business leader footprint by expanding our Trustee and Advisory boards across Kansas and Missouri.
- Enhance our brand by doubling our reach through an expanded social/digital media presence
- Establish meaningful relationships with members of state and local legislatures and education systems
- Craft legislation that supports education policies promoting workforce readiness