About Us

For more than 30 years, the Public Education Foundation has brought the community together to support our public schools and meet the critical education needs of students, families, and educators.

This year, we rallied substantial public and private investment in partnership with supporters like you to make an incredible difference for our public schools. Read what we’ve achieved together in our 2022 Annual Report.

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Vision

A community united to ensure every public school student in Clark County can succeed.

 

Mission

The Public Education Foundation partners with the community and the Clark County School District to meet immediate, critical education needs that will strengthen our public schools.

Our History

1991

1991

Clark County education and community leaders came together to create the Public Education Foundation based on the belief that improving our public schools was too big a task for a school district to take on alone.

1995

1995

PEF created the Scholarships Plus program to empower students to pursue their dreams of attending college or vocational school. Since then, the program has grown to provide nearly $27 million in scholarships.

2002

2002

PEF Teacher Superstore opened as the Teacher EXCHANGE to bring school supplies to teachers in the Clark County School District while reducing the amount of materials headed for landfills. The program provides high-quality supplies to educators at a fraction of the cost of retail stores.

2008

2008

PEF created the Family Learning Program to empower families to become more effectively involved in their child’s education. The program has expanded its focus to minimizing the opportunity gap by providing a multi-generation approach to ending poverty.

2010

2010

The Leadership Institute of Nevada was established to identify, recruit, develop, and retain great education leaders. Since its inception, the Institute has designed targeted professional learning opportunities centered on dynamic problem solving, aligned to current issues, and powered by sustainable professional networks.

2012

2012

The Leadership Institute of Nevada launched its first Executive Leadership Academy, offering best-in-class professional development designed to represent a wide range of sectors from business leaders to policy experts that push educators to think broadly and develop customized solutions for their schools and students.

2012

2012

PEF’s Artists with Kids hosted its first concert at The Smith Center to give students the opportunity to perform on a world-class stage. The program later expanded to include art shows and mentorship opportunities, connecting students to inspirational experiences in the arts.

2020

2020

As school buildings across the nation closed due to COVID-19, PEF developed new programs to support students, families, and educators through distance learning and collaborated with community organizations to ensure every student had access to essential resources, including a device and connection to the internet at home.

2020

2020

The Leadership Institute of Nevada launched the Digital Leadership Institute to address the challenges of moving instruction to an online format and gave participants the opportunity to experience the power and importance of building relationships and creating an online community of learners.

2021

2021

Post-COVID, schools must address the barriers that our children and families are facing. The Institute believes that the best leaders are able to reflect on challenges from a broad base of perspectives, and therefore, our portfolio of programs is redesigned to push educators to think broadly and develop creative solutions that are timely and sustainable.

2021

2021

PEF celebrates 30 years of supporting public education and welcomes the next chapter of driving education forward to ensure every student in Clark County can succeed.

Building on the successes of the past 30 years, PEF is continuing its collaboration with community organizations dedicated to improving public education and introducing new programs to address the greatest needs of our public schools.

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