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Nevada Joins Launch Years Initiative

September 29, 2023|By Dana Center Communications

Nevada is the latest state to join the Launch Years Initiative, a nationwide effort to scale mathematics pathways from high school through postsecondary education and into the workplace, aligned to students’ goals and aspirations.  

As the twenty-second state to be part of the initiative, Nevada joins Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.  

"Our students' aspirations are at the heart of our efforts. By aligning mathematics pathways from high school to postsecondary education through the Launch Years Initiative, we are empowering the students of Nevada to dream bigger and reach higher,” said Renée Davis, associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). “Together, we are nurturing a future where every student can pursue their aspirations with confidence and achieve success." 

Nevada will begin its work by focusing on the design and implementation of postsecondary mathematics pathways. The state will convene a task force of leaders and experts later this year and will partner with New Mexico, which recently joined the initiative, to get their state math alignment task forces up to speed. 

“I am proud of the work our NSHE institutions have done to reform developmental math instruction, and I believe that our participation in the Launch Years Initiative is the best way for us to continue our work towards ensuring that every student in our state has the opportunity for a seamless and equitable education in mathematics,” said Davis. “Working with and learning from our fellow states, we are building a brighter future where math pathways support our students' dreams and aspirations." 

Nevada will kick off its work with the Launch Years Initiative this fall.  

"As we embark on this exciting journey with Nevada joining the Launch Years Initiative, I am inspired by the dedication and passion of our educators and leaders in the state,” said Shelly Ledoux, Dana Center director of professional learning and implementation. “Together, we will continue to eliminate barriers and enhance outcomes for Nevada’s students. Their addition to this initiative promises a legacy of positive impact on students for generations to come.” 

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