Education

District of Columbia Education Compact

  • Washington, DC
  • www.dcec.org

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Mission Statement

The mission of the newly constituted DC Education Compact (DCEC) is to promote civic engagement, investment, and collaboration to improve student achievement in the District of Columbia. DCEC came into existence formally in January of 2006 as a result of a merger between the initiative known as the DC Education Compact and the Public Education Partnership Fund (PEP Fund). The PEP Fund opened for business in June of 2003 as a pooler of resources, which would then make large, systemic investments in the improvement of the DC Public Schools (DCPS). DCEC was established as an initiative, designed initially to convene and align the community around a consensus agenda in support of public education, in general, and the DCPS, in particular. Both organizations increasingly realized over the course of 2005 that they could better benefit DCPS and their own interests by merging the grantmaking capacity of PEP with the convening and planning capacity of DCEC. In November 2005, the organizations voted to formally merge under one board.

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ruling year

2003

Principal Officer

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Ms. Juanita B. Wade

Keywords

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promote, civic engagement, investment, collaboration, improve, student ,achievement, public education, systemic, investments, community,curriculum, training, technical support, teacher effectiveness, student achievement.

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DCEC

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20-0035762

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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In the past two years of the PEP Fund?s existence, the Board and staff worked in partnership with DCPS to commit $600,000 over a 3-year investment period to support a system-wide partnership with the College Board. This investment provides curriculum, training, materials, and technical support to increase teacher effectiveness, thereby enhancing student achievement. The project is in its second year and is being independently evaluated by WestEd. Initial implementation witnessed a fair share of obstacles, but the project is increasingly on track, helping teachers become more effective instructors. Second, PEP began the process of working with the District on a project to certify 500 DCPS teachers through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. This project plan is in it final stages and should be officially announced in March of 2006, under the DCEC umbrella. DCEC, on the other hand, came on the scene as the key convener of a community retreat, which served to create a unified voice in support of enhanced student achievement, welcome Superintendent Janey to the city, and to help inform his strategic planning efforts. DCEC?s systematic input into this planning process was broadly reflected in the DCPS Strategic Plan: Declaration of Education, which was rolled out in May of 2005. At the same time, DCEC released a two-volume report outlining a comprehensive set of recommendations around improving education in the District of Columbia. DCEC has also helped in an ongoing and coordinated fashion to convene and align the support of the various community sectors for DCPS efforts. Not only has it held community engagement sessions around five family resource centers to be established around the District in 2006, but it has provided formal venues for the community to provide input into the Master Education Planning process, and the Master Facilities Planning process.

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District of Columbia Education Compact

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Principal Officer

Ms. Juanita B. Wade

BIO

BIO Juanita Wade, Executive Director DC Education Compact Juanita B. Wade moves into the position of Executive Director of the DC Education Compact (DCEC or the Compact) after serving for one year as Director of the DC Education Compact. In December of 2004, Ms. Wade was hired under contract by the Fannie Mae Foundation to help the DCEC manage its planning and civic engagement processes with the goal of improving student achievement. Juanita worked under the leadership of the DCEC?s Planning Committee. The Compact, formally established in November 2004, focused its first year?s work around: The development of the DCPS strategic plan: the Declaration of Education; the investment of the Compact?s six sector groups in key strategic initiatives; and the engagement of the broad community around the DCPS? Master Education Planning Process. In the summer of 2004, Ms. Wade moved to DC following her husband?s promotion to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Neighborworks America. As a lifelong resident of Boston, Juanita?s history and experience with the public sector spans over three decades. In the 70?s, Juanita served as an elementary school teacher; in the 80?s she served as an elected member of the Boston School Committee; in the early 90?s, she served as the executive director of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Community Learning Centers (this commission was responsible for drafting the Boston Public School system?s Master Facilities Plan); and for almost ten years (1995-2004) Juanita served in the Mayor?s cabinet as the Chief of Human Services (CHH). In her capacity as CHH, Juanita Wade oversaw the development and management of eight city departments (Commission on the Affairs of the Elderly, Emergency Shelter Commission, Office of Civil Rights, Office of Commission on Women, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, Office of Veteran?s Affairs, Office of Cultural Affairs, and Youth Employment Services) with a workforce of over 800 and a combined Budget of $30m. Ms. Wade was responsible for overseeing the management of over 40 program/recreation sites across the city; managing the city?s $10m out-of-school-time grant making program; and negotiating the contracts for four unions organized within her eight departments. From 2000-2004 Juanita served as the president of the US Conference of City Human Services Officials, a subgroup of the US Conference of Mayors. In this role, Juanita spent many hours working with both the Clinton and Bush Administrations on policy and budgetary priorities. Juanita holds a BA from Simmons College, Boston, MA; innumerable post-graduate credits from the University of Massachusetts; and a certificate from Harvard University ? J.F. Kennedy School?s Program for Senior Executives. Juanita and her husband own a home in the NW section of DC. They have three adult children. January 2006

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