Guilford Education Alliance (GEA) is an independent nonprofit that galvanizes the community in support of quality public education for all Guilford County students. We are an alliance of community stakeholders – business and community leaders, parents and grandparents, educators, policy-makers, public officials, community organizations, philanthropic leaders and more – investing time, talent and resources in support of a seamless cradle-to-career pathway for Guilford County’s children.
GEA was initially funded through a collaboration of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, the High Point Community Foundation and the Cemala Foundation. In early 2013, leaders from GEA, and two other community based initiatives, Businesses for Excellence in Education (BEE) and AchieveGuilford, began meeting with Guilford County Schools leadership to discuss a closer collaboration between the organizations that could yield greater educational success for the community. By the fall of 2013, the group mapped out a merger of the three that would preserve the strengths of each and provide a more streamlined, focused and high-impact organization. By the end of December 2013, the three came together in a restructuring of GEA.
Because education is complex, GEA leverages a multi-faceted approach:
- WE ENGAGE community members in programs and events that help build a collective, research-based and experience-based understanding of the complex issues and dynamics shaping public education through events like Let’s Talk Education, the Education Summit, Community Reader Days and Principal for a Day. We also utilize social media to share relevant research and data with a wider audience.
- WE SUPPORT strategic school system and community initiatives. This includes raising start-up funds for the STEM Early College and N.C. A & T and the UNCG Middle College, as well as sponsoring events like Celebration of Excellence, underwriting district strategic planning and teacher professional development. GEA also operates the Teacher Supply Warehouse that provides new and gently-used school and classroom supplies to teachers at no-cost.
- WE ADVOCATE for strong investment in our public schools and on other critical issues impacting our schools, educators, students and families. We advocate to and on behalf of the community to build broad-based support for public education and to influence public officials and decision-makers.
- WE COLLABORATE with people and organizations to align our work and resources to best meet the needs of our public schools, educators, students and families. Examples of this work includes the Food Project, Ready for School Ready for Life, Say Yes Guilford, Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative, Guilford Apprenticeship Partners, and the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Career and Technical Education.