• Brooklyn



United States

About Us offers parents online and offline opportunities to build their expertise on education issues and create positive change in schools. We are driven by research that says: “Increasingly, a consensus is emerging that what is needed to improve schools is an active citizenry, invested in solving educational problems through public deliberation.” (National Education Policy Center, 2012­left-­behind) Our methods for delivering on our mission are twofold.

1. A unique highly interactive web platform that will offer parents opportunities to read about issues that matter to them, to blog themselves, to post their pre-planned actions or to start or join working groups that generate a concrete action or product

2. Working with groups of parents, school communities (or segments thereof), or Community Education Councils (CECs) to move through a process of deliberative democracy – researching an issue or issues together, brainstorming workable solutions, and creating some sort of plan for the future

The goals of these enterprises are to:

• empower and connect parents so that they can be effective actors in the shaping of education policy

• change the “us vs. them” dynamic that pervades the city’s edupolitics • help policy makers realize that the strength of their policies depends on the inclusion of parents’ hard-earned expertise

•foster relationships between school staff and families that make the whole school stronger