Action Teams

Action Teams

To ensure the strategic alignment of educational initiatives and programs and to help accomplish regional education goals, the Council formed six volunteer Action Teams. Through these teams, education, business and community leaders are working together to develop and implement strategies which are effective, measurable and address needs along the entire continuum from birth to career. Currently, there are over 80 cross-sector organizations represented on the Action Teams.

Action Team strategies include:

  • A continued focus on Kindergarten readiness.
  • Addressing root causes of absenteeism.
  • Increasing quality summer learning opportunities and access.
  • Using the Gallup Student Poll data to help build community partnerships and address student support systems.
  • Increasing business engagement and participation in high-impact programs.
  • Creating additional internship opportunities for students.
  • Increasing the number of students interested in teaching in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and World Language fields.
  • Increasing the number of adults who earn a GED and matriculate to post-secondary.
  • Building consensus around critical advocacy efforts and issues.

How Can you Help?

If you are interested in participating on one of the following Action Teams, please contact Polly Lusk Page, Executive Director, at

Action Team 1:  Reducing Barriers to Student Learning

Regional Goal:  Northern Kentucky will ensure successful transition for every child and student along the continuum from birth through career.


Leshia Lyman, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Dr. Shelli Wilson, Campbell County Schools

Action Team 2:  College and Career Readiness

Regional Goal:  Academic rigor and relevance of curricula in Northern Kentucky P-20 schools will meet student educational career goals and employment needs in the community.


Dr. Karen Cheser, Boone County Schools

Dr. Christina Petroze, Thomas More College

Action Team 3:  Educator Excellence

Regional Goal:   Educators in Northern Kentucky meet or exceed national standards for educator excellence.


Dr. Kathy Burkhardt, Erlanger-Elsmere Schools

Jennifer Stansbury-Koenig, NKU Center for Educator Excellence

Action Team 4:  Education Accessibility and Lifelong Learning

Regional Goal:  Northern Kentucky has system and outreach programs to make educational opportunities available, accessible and affordable to every community member, no matter what age.


Dave Schroeder, Kenton County Public Library

Dr. Angie Taylor, Gateway Community and Technical College

Action Team 5:  Business Involvement and Service Learning

Regional Goal:  Northern Kentucky is recognized for its culture of contribution, through service learning in schools and full engagement of the business community in schools.


Dr. Raymond Hebert, Thomas More College

Dr. Jean Loftus, Loftus Plastic Surgery Center

Action Team 6:  Advocacy

Regional Goal:  All education institutions in Northern Kentucky have the financial resources and program alignment necessary to support the needs of the region.


Mike Hammons, Children, Inc.

Dr. Anthony Strong, Pendleton County Schools