The Role of National Service in Improving K-12 Education Outcomes

The Role of National Service in Improving K-12 Education Outcomes
The Role of National Service in Improving K-12 Education Outcomes

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This webinar is the first installment of a three-part series on how service can promote education attainment, workforce development, and a career pathway for the nonprofit workforce. To view the on-demand recording of parts 1 and 3, CLICK HERE.

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National Service Programs provide vital support to students across the nation. These programs support students at various points during their academic journey, whether it be support for kindergarten readiness, reading proficiency by third grade, or high school graduation and college success. In fact, more than 44,000 national service members provide in-school and out-of-school support to at-risk youth, serving in almost 12,000 schools, including 1 out of every 4 low-performing schools and 1 out of every 10 charter schools. This resource, if made more widely available to underserved communities, has the potential to dramatically reduce the educational disparities that leave too many students without the educational foundation they need for success in life.

This webinar illustrated the role national service plays in helping communities design and implement locally determined, results-driven, cost-effective solutions to improve student outcomes. It featured program examples and ways that you can leverage national service in your own community.

Presenter Biographies:

Lindsay Dolce
Chief Advancement Officer
Reading & Math Corps

Lindsay Dolce serves as the Chief Advancement Officer for the Reading and Math Foundation. She is responsible for sourcing growth capital and working with emerging states to successfully start up and implement the Reading Corps and Math Corps models.

Dolce brings extensive national and state-level advocacy and outreach experience to the position, having served as Executive Director of Serve Colorado, the state’s service commission, and Colorado Reads – Colorado’s Early Literacy Initiative. She provided statewide leadership in Colorado’s AmeriCorps* State program including strategic planning for national and community initiatives, program development, community outreach, organizational and financial operations, and administration. Prior to this, she worked as the Senior Program Manager for the David and Laura Merage Foundation. She also worked as a domestic relations attorney and was a staff member for United States Senator J. Robert Kerrey and President Bill Clinton.

Dolce received her B.A. in English, Political Science and International Relations from William Jewell College, studied at Oxford University and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Leander J. Foley III
Managing Partner
Capitol Hill Partners

For more than 30 years, Lee Foley has worked as one of Washington’s foremost counselors on policy and legislative advocacy. Lee advises clients and represents various interests before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch on issues involving:

  • National and community service
  • Elementary, secondary and postsecondary education
  • Employment and training, employment security and job creation
  • Housing, community and economic development, and asset building
  • Financial services
  • Tax policy
  • Small business development
  • Programs for older Americans
  • Rural and agricultural programs
  • Disability and civil rights policy
  • Evidence and outcomes based policy

Prior to his lobbying career, Lee served in a variety of positions in Washington including as a White House domestic policy advisor and as a chief of staff at a cabinet level federal agency. He also served on the staff of the U.S. Senate’s Labor and Public Welfare Committee (now called the HELP Committee) and the Senate Finance Committee. Lee is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Wisconsin.

At Capitol Hill Partners, Lee provides clients with an unmatched breadth of expertise across a broad swath of federal programs and policies, as well as state and local government guidance. His assistance on behalf of clients includes direct lobbying, regulatory initiatives, public and private funding tactics, foundation-related strategies, political intelligence, coalition advocacy, and communications and grassroots strategy.

Rosa Moreno
Chief Growth Officer
Service Year Alliance

Rosa Moreno serves as Chief Growth Officer at Service Year Alliance. In this position, Rosa leads Service Year Alliance’s growth team. The growth team is responsible for increasing the number of service year opportunities to 100,000 annually by 2019 and one million within a generation by working with nonprofits, governments, universities, and philanthropy to create or grow service year programs.

Prior to joining Service Year Alliance, Rosa was Senior Advisor for Partnerships and Advancement at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) where she worked on efforts to support the expansion of national service through public and private partnerships. Rosa joined CNCS in 2010 as Deputy Director of AmeriCorps, a program that supports and places over 70,000 individuals in results-driven community service in communities in every state.

Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., she served as Vice President of Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility with the OneStar Foundation in Austin, Texas. Rosa is a proud AmeriCorps Alumnus.

Casey Waugh
Senior Administrator
Evans High School
Orange County Public School District, FL

Casey Waugh serves as the Senior Administrator for the Evans Community School, Professional Development, and Digital Teaching and Learning. Ms. Waugh is a 6th generation Floridian, leaving Ft. Myers for Orlando to obtain her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida. She began her teaching career at Cypress Creek High School in English, working with both 9th grade and AP English Language & Composition courses. She received her master’s degree in curriculum, instruction, and assessment in 2008 from Walden University. Ms. Waugh then began work as the District Advanced Placement Coordinator for Orange County, ultimately transitioning back into the school as the Curriculum Resource Teacher and Instructional Coach on the administrative leadership team at Freedom High School. Throughout her teaching career, she has continued her extracurricular passion of coaching cheerleading at both CCHS and FHS respectively. She enjoys reading, fashion, and spending time with her husband who is also an OCPS administrator. Ms. Waugh continues her leadership by serving the students and community in the administrative capacity at Evans High School.


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