Programs & Initiatives

leadership_photo_001The Public Education Foundation, in collaboration with education and business leaders throughout Nevada, has laid the groundwork and is developing a strategic plan to design, implement, and manage a state-of-the-art Leadership Institute for school trustees, superintendents, principals, and central office administrators.  We are identifying the  attributes of successful educational leaders and working to develop programs for principals, administrators, and superintendents which will strengthen their skills to lead our nation’s schools.

ccpef-bgScholarships provide students the opportunity to pursue higher educational goals and in many cases make the college and university experience accessible to students who might not otherwise dream of a college education. Through donor-funded scholarship funds, the Foundation awarded nearly $1.3 million to students pursuing a post-secondary education in 2017 — and has awarded over $11.8 million since 1995.

KS97573The Public Education Foundation’s service-learning project helps teens discover that they can make a positive difference in their community by providing them with a unique perspective. Established in 2008, We R Community catapults high school students into the world of philanthropy and nonprofit organizations by transforming the teens into donors. The program introduces students to the importance of leadership, service, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector by giving them the ability to fund programs they choose.

handsAll students should have access to a safe, respectful school environment where they feel respected and supported, so they have the space to succeed academically. The Operation Respect/Welcoming Schools program, which operates in 25 schools in Clark County School District, is designed to assist schools in Southern Nevada in improving the school climate — reducing bullying and ensuring all students and families feel welcome.

Mother and daughter reading book together on the couchThe Public Education Foundation believes that strategic, early intervention is the key to improving literacy on a large scale. As a result, the Foundation’s Early Learning, Literacy and Family Engagement initiative focuses on three literacy priorities in high-needs communities.

Photo teacher Exchange VanThe Teacher EXCHANGE is a re-use resource center for Southern Nevada’s public school teachers.  Donations of new and re-usable materials, supplies, surplus materials, computers and office equipment are collected from community businesses and individuals and provided free-of-charge to teachers to enhance classroom instruction.

sc415-027The mission of Artists 4 Kidz to build an organized effort that connects the creative energy of the Las Vegas community with kids in the Clark County School District in order to enrich their exposure to the arts and improve their education experience. Art can change a child’s life.


Click here to find a list of current discounts being offered through the Teacher Appreciation Discount Program. If you are a teacher in Southern Nevada, public or private, please show your employee ID upon arrival to receive the listed discount.

Thank you for all that you do for our students, and for Southern Nevada.