On January 11th, 2019 the Little Rock Regional Chamber, in partnership with the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District, Little Rock School District, North Little Rock School District and the Pulaski County Special School District, announced the launch of an exploratory study into Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL), the education initiative of the Ford Motor Company Fund.
NGL represents an inclusive, comprehensive community initiative that brings together educators, employers, and community leaders to implement a proven model for transforming secondary schools, which ultimately improves the regional workforce development system.
The exploratory study will include an initial financial investment by the local business community, through the Little Rock Regional Chamber, which will collectively benefit all four Pulaski County public school districts. The NGL model is nationally recognized for its unique approach to learning and is transforming public high schools to better prepare students for college and professional success in today’s competitive, global economy.
The study will evaluate what each district currently has in place to bring a career-focus to student achievement at the high school level. Additionally, it will provide critical information to help district leadership and senior chamber officials decide if full implementation of the five phases is necessary.
Through this initial phase, chamber officials and school district leaders will work side-by-side with the Ford NGL team of experts who will visit each participating high school the week of January 14th.