Vision & Mission

Public education is an essential piece to a thriving community. We need diverse perspectives to strengthen community support for education. WakeEd brings the strongest, smartest voices to the table to solve problems that make a difference for our county’s students and teachers.

Our Vision

Supported by passionate and well-trained teachers and principals, every student will graduate with the skills required to succeed in a global economy.

Our Mission

To engage, inform, and mobilize the business community and community-at-large in collaboration with the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) providing every student with excellent educational opportunities, highly effective teachers, and strong leaders.

Our Beliefs

Every student deserves an excellent public education.

Public education is fundamental to a strong local economy.

Well-informed citizens help public schools succeed.

Well-supported, well-trained professional educators are essential for a high-quality school system.

Public schools remain relevant by growing and changing with the world.

Diverse perspectives strengthen community support for education.

Graduates who are college and workforce ready are essential to a thriving economy.

Our Priorities

Our community will have both the public and political will to invest boldly in WCPSS by supporting and improving teaching and learning in every school.

Every school will deliver evidence-based best practices in school culture and classroom instruction.

Every educator will have access to professional development opportunities, which strengthen instruction and leadership skills.

Our Goals

Serve as a Catalyst: Working with elected leaders, WakeEd influences and champions critical education policy issues. WakeEd consistently emphasizes the positive economic impact of having an excellent public school system in our community. One way we do this is by connecting businesses and community resources with schools to form a mutually beneficial relationship.

Inform Our Community: Informed communities are more likely to be active in their schools. We keep the public, business leaders and elected officials abreast of what is working in schools and classrooms—and what isn’t. By providing clear, independent commentary, we help expand the use of evidence-based best practices to increase the quality of our schools.

Support Educators: Educators are the critical piece of a good education, but they need community support to have the greatest impact. WakeEd creates and facilitates professional development opportunities for our teachers. In addition, we’ve supplied more than $1.5 million in Teacher Innovation Grants to create innovative best practices.

WakeEd’s work is made possible each year by investments from businesses, individuals, and foundation grants with the shared understanding that public education is central to a vibrant and healthy community. Ways to Invest