I had the opportunity to take part this weekend in StudentsFirstNY’s Parent Convention. The convention brought together hundreds of families and education choice activists from across New York City to discuss the best way to inspire policy changes that would lead to more quality educational options for New York children.
The day began with the always energetic and inspiring Geoffrey Canada, founder of Harem Children’s Zone. Canada discussed how for years failure had been accepted in many of the city’s toughest neighborhoods. He talked about how real reform is necessary to help give these kids a way out of poverty. "We need to think outside of the box. Inside the box solutions have failed students for decades," said Canada.
Inspired by his words, we broke off and began the first set of workshops for the day. I was the moderator of a really moving discussion on why high performing charter schools matter.
|From right to left: Valerie Babb, Genevieve Foster, |
Natasha Shannon, Sharhonda Bossier and myself.
|From right to left: Raysa Rodriguez, Daniel Weisberg, |
Josiah Young and myself.
The results of the turnaround model have been mixed.