Integrated resorts developer and operator Las Vegas Sands has announced a partnership with education nonprofit Nevada Succeeds, through which it hopes to connect Las Vegas and Singapore.
Establishing the InspirED Global Fellowship, LVS is to fund the first cohort, which aims to united two regions within which the company operates.
The Fellowship will lead Nevada teachers and administrators through an eight-month program of study ultimately designed to cultivate new ways of thinking in the Nevada school system.
As a springboard for developing long-term education solutions that can be rapidly put into practice, the fellowship includes a 10-day community immersion in Singapore.
“This is a new way of approaching improving education in Nevada, and Sands is providing the catalyst that will enable the first cohort of the Fellowship to dive deeply into the issue and develop real solutions,” stated Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications at LVS.
“One of our core tenants of corporate responsibility is to improve the communities in which we live and do business. With the InspirED Global Fellowship, we’re bringing two of our business regions together to tackle an issue that is important to us: ensuring our young people have access to high-quality education, to give them the best opportunity for success in life.”
Established with a focus on viewing local education through a global lens, the program will see Fellows engaged in applied, hands-on research and document their findings in a white paper and thesis presentation at a community showcase alongside statewide education stakeholders.
In alignment with the work of Nevada Succeeds as a policy organisation, the fellows will not only explore potential areas of improvement for the Nevada school system, but will draw on their experiences in Singapore and through the program as a whole to collectively advise on policy initiatives for the 2021 Nevada legislative session.
“The design-thinking framework is a creative, rapid approach to problem solving,” said Jeanine Collins, executive director of Nevada Succeeds. “It is intentionally collaborative and focuses on action.
“The framework keeps us conscious of who we are designing for, and ensures we take those complexities into account when working for real, long-term change. With Sands’ partnership, we’re looking at new ways of operating, now and into the future.”