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The Lincy Institute believes education is one of the most important investments a community can make. Not only does it provide our children and youth with access to knowledge, skills, and opportunity; education serves as a key driver for Southern Nevada’s economy and quality of life.
Our primary aim is to leverage Southern Nevada’s education assets and resources in ways that support high quality educational opportunities from cradle-to-college and career. This includes bridging education research to policy and practice in the following areas:

  • Targeted K-20 investments;
  • English Language Learners;
  • Student Access and Success; and
  • Community Colleges and Workforce Alignment.

By working in direct collaboration with non-profit and research organizations, community-based organizations, student and parent groups, college and university faculty, and Clark County School District officials and staff, The Lincy Institute seeks to improve Southern Nevada’s educational opportunities, access, outcomes and federal resources.

Current Projects

Education Adequacy Studies

The Lincy Institute at UNLV commissioned two separate education adequacy studies. Data for the cost function analysis is available to researchers for their independent analysis. Contact the Director of Education Programs for access to data.

  1. Professional Judgment Approach Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, a consulting group, estimated the base cost per student, as well as the adjustments necessary for students with special needs; this study is unique because it provides weighted funding for English Language Learners (ELL), based on recommendations from ELL experts.
  2. Cost Function Analysis Approach Dr. Anna Lukemeyer (UNLV) and Dr. Wen Wang, (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), are using existing quantitative data to estimate the cost of providing students a reasonable opportunity to reach state performance indicators in Nevada. The researchers of this study hope to identify and develop a specific, policy relevant operational definition of “adequacy.”

The Lincy Institute also hosted a community forum on this topic. Resources can be found in The Lincy Institute Events Archive:

College Governance and Two Year Institutions

The purpose of the Community Colleges Section is to provide information and resources on community colleges in four critical areas: (1) Governance; (2) Funding; (3) Academic and Student Success; and (4) Workforce and Economic Outcomes.

The Lincy Institute has also hosted two community forums on this topic. Resources can be found in The Lincy Institute Events Archive:

College & Career Aspirations in Nevada

In partnership with and the American College Application Campaign, this research project aims to provide key data on the college-going culture in Nevada. The purpose of this research project is to collect survey data aimed at examining a group of Nevada high schools and their students’ aspirations, college plans, and perceptions of school and family support and encouragement. Survey results are available in the form of aggregate reports and individual school data for 2014 and 2015.

Southern Nevada College Transfer Students

The goal of this research project is to gain a better understanding of the region’s transfer population and their completion trajectory. Nationally, more students are beginning their college degrees at pre-baccalaureate institutions and then transferring to four-year institutions, so it is necessary to understand the unique challenges facing transfer students in Southern Nevada.

Advisory Boards

K-20 Education Collaborative Advisory Board (ECAB)

The K-20 Education Collaborative Advisory Board (ECAB) was formed in Spring 2014. The purpose of the board was to help The Lincy Institute, Education Programs in its mission to increase the capacity of nonprofit education agencies and organizations to improve education in Southern Nevada. By providing expertise and professional insight, ECAB members guided the Lincy Institute in its efforts to identify community priorities and develop research-infused K-20 education policies and practices. The final ECAB meeting was held on April 4, 2016. Members will resume service in a larger Lincy Insitute Advisory Board, starting in Fall 2016.

Nevada Statewide English Mastery Council

Senate Bill 504 was passed by the 2013 Nevada Legislature. The bill requires the creation of a statewide English Mastery Council in order to improve the quality of English Language Learner education for students in Nevada. The Council will make recommendations in three core areas: 1) Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement; 2) District Policy and Planning Criteria to serve English Language Learner Student Populations; and 3) Standards and Criteria for a Curriculum for English Language Learner Student Populations. The Council is chaired by Dr. Magdalena Martinez.

The Nevada Consortium on the Teacher Pipeline

Dr. Martinez, along with education collaborative advisory board members, are actively engaged in The Nevada Consortium for the Teacher Pipeline. Dr. Martinez helps to facilitate the Consortium which includes a group of professionals from multiple agencies. The intention is to begin a conversation across a broad constituency that will lead to systematic and concrete solutions to address the ongoing teacher shortages in Nevada.

In addition, Dr. Martinez serves on the following community boards:

Reports and Briefs

The Lincy Institute writes and commissions policy briefs and reports in areas of education, health and social services. Policy briefs and reports provide a concise summary of an issue, the policy options available to address it, and recommendations to achieve a desired outcome.

Past Projects

Under the direction of Dr. Sonya Horsford

Las Vegas Promise Neighborhood Initiative

The Las Vegas Promise Neighborhood (LVPN) Initiative is a community-led effort to provide a cradle-to-college and career continuum of solutions that ensures every child residing and attending school within the Las Vegas Promise Neighborhood (historic West Las Vegas) is ready for school and ready for life.

In anticipation of the possible release of a Promise Neighborhoods federal grant competition this summer, The Lincy Institute releases its technical report, The Las Vegas Promise Neighborhood Initiative: A Community-Based Approach to Improving Educational Opportunity & Achievement. The report offers a brief overview of Promise Neighborhoods, the original LVPN planning grant application, discussion of the collaborative activity that LVPN partners have engaged in since its original submission, and the "promise" of such neighborhood-based education reform efforts in Southern Nevada.

Coalesce Clark County

Coalesce Clark County is an emergent community-based coalition of education organizers, advocates, and activists dedicated to improving education in Southern Nevada by supporting public schools and institutions. Coalesce Clark County believes public schools, colleges, and universities are community institutions and seeks to advance educational equity and social justice in education for Southern Nevada’s diversifying student populations.

Research Study — English Language Learners in Clark County, Nevada: An Analysis of Enrollment, Educational Opportunities, and Outcomes

This research study is a three-way partnership among The Lincy Institute, Clark County School District (CCSD), and Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) at Brown University. The purpose of this study is to provide the public with an easy-to understand review of the status of K–12 public education in CCSD, with a focus on English language learners (ELL). Since CCSD represents 71 percent of Nevada’s students, 82 percent of its ELL students, and has the second largest percentage of ELL students in the country, a comprehensive review of the district’s enrollment and outcomes for ELL students will support CCSD in its objective to increase both ELL achievement and student achievement overall.

  • Nevada's English Language Learner Population: A Review of Enrollment, Outcomes, and Opportunities
  • Clark County School District's English Language Learners - An Analysis of Enrollment, Educational Opportunities, and Outcomes in Nevada and CCSD
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