Educational Institutions

Storehouse for Teachers dba The Education Partnership

School Supplies for Kids

aka The Education Partnership

Pittsburgh, PA

Mission

The Education Partnership provides school supplies to students and their teachers in low income schools in Southwestern PA.

Ruling Year

2009

Executive Director

Mr. Josh Whiteside

Main Address

281 Corliss Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15220 USA

Keywords

teacher resource center, school supplies, classroom supplies, educational, storehouse

EIN

90-0438744

 Number

5076652384

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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Programs + Results

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In our 7-county region of Southwestern PA, more than 70,000 students go to school every day without the most basic school supplies, including pencils and paper. School supplies are necessary to help students succeed in the classroom, while also being the first thing sacrificed as school budgets shrink. This leaves the burden on families who, faced with economic hardships, simply cannot fill the gap by buying their children the supplies missing from their schools. Education is the only way students in communities can improve their situation and create a better future. Schools in our region where 70% or more of their students qualify for the National School Lunch Program can apply to become a Partner School. Teachers from these partner schools are invited to our facility to shop, free of charge, once per semester to choose school supplies from basic pencils and paper to cleaning and art supplies to use in their classrooms.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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School and Classroom Supplies Initiative

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Adopt-A-School

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Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The goal of The Education Partnership is to provide critically-needed school supplies to all 70,000+ students who are in need throughout Southwestern PA.

Three programs guide the organization's strategies: The Teacher Resource Center is open for product distributions three days a week as well as most Saturdays throughout the school year. This allows teachers to stock up on critically needed supplies for their students’ arrival, along with the continuous need for supplies they experience over the course of the school year. Teachers at partner schools are permitted to “shop” twice each year (typically once per semester) leaving with approximately $600 worth of classroom supplies, free of charge, per visit. Supplies consist of “core” classroom necessities such as pencils, erasers, notebooks, paper, crayons, etc. In addition, partners have access to unlimited “incentive” items, which consist of any product we are able to procure that we believe has use in an educational setting. These items often include hygiene products, cleaning supplies, furniture, sporting equipment, art supplies, seasonal items, and much more. The STEAM Lending Library features high-tech devices and teaching tools for teachers to use in their classrooms. This program allows teachers to sign out different pieces of equipment to use with their students. Through creating access to the latest technologies, the STEAM Lending Library gives teachers the ability to expose their students to the latest tools on the market for engaging educational experiences without being financially responsible for supplying the technology. As the landscape of education changes, so must the resources available to teachers. By allowing students access to innovative and interactive teaching technologies, we are not only engaging their minds to learn in a fun, hands-on manner, but we are also introducing them to the ways in which real-world problems are solved. The Adopt-A-School program is a flagship model to engage the corporate community directly with the classroom. This program creates a vehicle by which corporate and business entities can “adopt” one or more schools in our program, putting Homework “Power Tool” Kits directly into the hands of every student attending the adopted school, separate from the classroom supplies distributed to teachers. Employees of the adopting company are invited to The Education Partnership to assemble the Homework Kits filled with $40 worth of classroom essentials as a volunteer team-building activity. Sponsors then participate in the distribution of the kits through specially arranged in-school assemblies where they can speak directly to the student body about what that kit will mean to a student’s success and what workplace opportunities can become available through academic excellence.

The Education Partnership's staff consists of 9 full time and 2 part time employees. To supplement the work of this small staff, we have developed collaborations with the AARP Foundation and OK Grocery which provides us with temporary light duty employees that assist with inventory, maintenance, data entry, research, organization, filing and cleaning. More than 3,000 volunteers each year also provide more than 15,000 hours in creative, retail, and research services.

Each partner school teacher completes an electronic survey each time they visit the Teacher Resource Center so we can evaluate their needs and trac statistics of impact. The Education Partnership evaluates the success of achieving program objectives through utilizing internal and external monitoring systems to collect qualitative and quantitative data. Teacher and school administrators’ feedback, as well as inventory, distribution and product usage data, is synthesized to success in the areas of student/teacher satisfaction and benefit. A sophisticated inventory management system (Salesforce.com) tracks all donations and distributions. This cloud-based system includes the number of schools, teachers, and students served, and each distribution event’s metrics. This data, which is analyzed on a quarterly basis with a final report generated annually, provides accountability to the mission and guides program development and refinement. The list of Partner Schools continues to grow each year and the number of teachers shopping expands as well.

The Education Partnership has grown from serving 2,800 schools in 11 schools to more than 63,000 students in 118 schools in 10 short years. Besides building good relationships with local corporations which has resulted in service-in-kind and financial donations, The Education Partnership is a full affiliate of the Kids in Need Foundation and a preferred partner of World Vision International. Memberships with Good360, Feed the Children, NAEIR and First Book have provided opportunities for extreme cost savings for core school supplies. Last year, The Education Partnership received over $3 million in gift-in-kind donations allowing us to distribute more than $4 million in school supplies to local schools. The Education Partnership also has a robust volunteer program allowing us to partner with more than 450 corporations, organizations, and associations in the mission of The Education Partnership through volunteer or team-building activities, product drives or financial support.

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Financials

Storehouse for Teachers dba The Education Partnership

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Apr 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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