Established in 2008, The Learning Coalition is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that envisions communities and public agencies united in powerful partnerships that drive excellence in public education.
The following core beliefs guide TLC's work:
- Education is a key lever in improving individual and communal well-being;
- All communities are stewards of local wisdom and possess problem solving potential;
- Collaboration can often redress complex problems and grasp great opportunities better than work done in isolation;
- Effective community partnership often emerges from within existing circles of trust; and
- Alignment across all levels of engagement is crucial to ensure mutually reinforcing and consistent efforts.
Based on these principles, TLC supports sustainable community school partnerships that increase student engagement and ultimately lead to improved academic achievement and attainment. Engagement is a recognized driver of academic success. Community partnership paired with promising instructional practices is a demonstrated, cost-effective strategy for fostering engagement across a wide spectrum of learning styles and achievement levels.
The vast majority of TLC's investments are focused at the complex level guided by the Complex Area Superintendent or a Complex-wide shared governance structure. The following list represent a sample of current and past TLC partners:
- Hawaiʻi Department of Education
- Hawaiʻi Board of Education
- University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education
- Hawaiʻi P-20 Partnerships for Education
- Kauaʻi Planning and Action Alliance
- Friends of the Future
- Pacific American Foundation
- Hawaiʻi Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations
- Hawaiʻi Arts Alliance
- Hawaiʻi Association of Independent Schools
- Hawaiʻi Children's Foundation