CHICAGO – American College of Education (ACE), a regionally accredited online graduate program dedicated to providing affordable programs for educators, recently announced a partnership with World Vision Chicago’s Teacher Resource Center, a place for under-resourced teachers to stock up on learning and classroom supplies for their students. With the addition of this nonprofit partnership, ACE now helps impact over 4 million students nationwide.
At the Chicago location alone, this partnership will help World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center serve over 75,000 students and 3,000 teachers. The Education Market Association also estimates teachers spent an average of $500 of their personal money on school supplies during the 2012-2013 school year, while 10 percent spent nearly $1,000. Teachers in low-income districts often spend more on basic supplies like notebook paper and pencils for students.
ACE recognized a common goal of helping teachers help students and initiated a relationship with the organization in 2017.
“I'm very excited about ACE's partnership with World Vision,” said Monica Carson, Senior VP of Enrollment Operations at ACE. “At ACE, we work to provide teachers with affordable, high-quality education because we know they already give so much of their time and resources to their students. This partnership with World Vision's Teacher Resource Center in Chicago allows us to help alleviate some of the stress that comes with teaching in an under-resourced community."
In 2017, ACE will invest up to $10,000 in its partnership with World Vision Chicago. The college will serve as a Mobile Outreach sponsor, as well as provide giveaways to area teachers throughout the year.
“World Vision is grateful for its partnership with American College of Education,” said Melissa Adams, national director for World Vision U.S. Programs. “ACE’s generosity has helped us continue to provide much needed school supplies to teachers whose students desperately need them. We look forward to partnering with ACE on activities that will show appreciation to teachers, as well as enhance the educational experience they provide for children in their classrooms.”
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About American College of Education
Founded in the digital age, American College of Education delivers affordable, online graduate degree programs and professional development programs for educators across the U.S. A certified B Corporation and Benefit Corporation, American College of Education is dedicated to the belief that educators should have the opportunity to receive advanced degrees affordably, without having to incur substantial debt. American College of Education offers opportunities for students to earn degrees from a regionally accredited college that expand their knowledge and aid in the acquisition of new skills and methods from a highly credentialed and experienced faculty. ACE is also ranked among the 2017 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more at www.ace.edu.
About World Vision’s Teacher Resource Centers
Teachers who work at schools where more than 70 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches are invited to “shop” for free classroom supplies at World Vision’s Teacher Resource Centers.
The Teacher Resource Centers have the look and feel of retail stores. Products lining the shelves are quality new items donated from manufacturers, retailers, and other corporate partners. Items available include standard classroom supplies such as notebooks, binders, pencils, scissors, and glue sticks, as well as science kits, arts and crafts materials and incentive items that enhance learning.
Teacher Resource Centers are housed in distribution warehouses strategically located in areas across the country where the need is great. In addition, World Vision also deploys a Mobile Teacher Resource Center that is stocked with school supplies to remote areas beyond warehouse sites, making sure that all the students they serve have the tools they need to be successful in school. For more information, visit http://www.worldvisionusprograms.org/.