The Conway community’s educational environment supports and encourages students, pursues equity relentlessly, and equips and prepares students for future success.
- .In 2035, Conway will have a universal, public preschool program, which is vital for giving all students the best chance at educational success regardless of their socioeconomic background.
- In 2035, Conway will have after school programs available in every school with high-quality tutoring and transportation for all students.
- In 2035, Conway teachers will receive competitive compensation and will be set up for success with a responsible student-teacher ratio, trained paraprofessionals, and other support staff as needed.
- In 2035, Conway schools will be equipped to serve the whole student, including health clinics, professional social services staff, and assisting with food insecurity and homelessness.
- In 2035, Conway will prioritize language immersion, giving students opportunity paths as early as elementary school and continuing as they segue in middle, junior, and high school.
- In 2035, Conway will continue to expand the focus on STEAM by partnering with companies to equip each student with access and technology.
- In 2035, Conway teachers will reflect the diversity of our students by reforming hiring practices, creating a broader application pipeline and prioritizing this at all of our schools in the Conway community.
- In 2035, Conway will partner with businesses and colleges to provide opportunities for students to see what options are available when they graduate.
- In 2035, Conway will have enough schools to serve our student population and each school will be equipped with state of the art educational, artistic, and athletic facilities with emphasis given to energy efficiency and green facilities.
5 Ways Individuals Can Support This Sector
- Actively work towards having open and honest conversations to help support diverse recruitment efforts, including sharing ideas within the district and within the public and private sectors.
- Individuals and families can make regular contributions to school food pantries, supply drives, and clothes closets as a way to provide necessary resources for educators and students.
- Work in conjunction with our school PTO organizations to engage parents and other family members in supporting teachers and students through various volunteer opportunities. In addition, open up these opportunities to our community as well to bring on additional involvement. (Programs, activites (ex: family night))
- Every citizen understands and values the collective investment we make in Conway’s future when we support our schools, and feels compelled to invest their time, talents, and financial resources as they are able to strengthen them.
- Individuals and families support regular school attendance by addressing it in their own communities (e.g. churches, neighborhood groups) and actively participate in collaborative truancy efforts. Individuals provide opportunities for young people to learn about professions and the pathways from school to career.
5 Ways Organizations Can Support This Sector
- Businesses/organizations with expertise and resources to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) learning create opportunities for schools and individual students. These could include camps, mentorships, technology grants, internet access, workplace tours, internships, workshops, etc. (Possible partnerships: Acxiom, Conway Corp, Gainwell Technologies, Mountain Ridge Energy Services, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Conway Symphony Orchestra.)
- The Conway medical community could provide health and social services for students, educators and workers within each school (preventive and basic services).
- Local communication organizations and businesses with a large audience would be an asset for schools looking to communicate messages and requests for the community (Conway Corpbilling, Log Cabin Democrat and 501 magazine).
- Organizations that currently provide youth services for at-risk children and teenagers expand programming to include avenues for tutoring, after school programming, preschool education, and education on abuse/neglect among other social needs. Examples would be working to expand Cradle Care, Children’s Advocacy Alliance, and juvenile court diversion programming.
- Organizations, including Conway Chamber of Commerce members and faith communities, adopt schools to provide volunteers, assistance with student needs (e.g. school supplies, food pantry, clothes closets), special events (e.g. science and math nights), and special needs (e.g. Christmas gifts, utility assistance).