Those more observant members of the Neighborhood may have noticed a large new yellow button to the right. Its funny-looking, I know, but its there for an important reason.
The Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action will be coming up at the end of July. The conference covers July 28-29 and 31 and feature many well-known speakers on education like Diane Ravitch, Jonathan Kozol, Valerie Strauss from the Washington Post, our good friend Sabrina Stevens Shupe and many others. The workshops offer activism techniques, curriculum strategies and other useful tools in advocacy in education.
The march will take place July 30, where we will meet at the Ellipse on the Mall at noon, followed by a march to the Department of Education at 2 pm. It should be a raucous time, especially in that roasting DC heat of late July–of which I am painfully familiar.
Of course, besides the obvious reasons involving educational fairness, true accountability and general saving of the public school system, you should be heading to DC that weekend to meet me! I’ll be at a bloggers’ event the evening of the 29th, where we’ll watch The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman (hopefully in Rocky Horror mode). Also, I’ll be at the march myself, and hopefully gathering a cadre of the Neighborhood to march along.
I’ll be easy to spot in my Hawaiian shirt and straw hat 🙂
The conference costs $80 to register for Thursday’s and Friday’s events. But make sure to register before June 15th, otherwise the price jumps to $100 a head. Click here for registration info.
The march is free…bring as many people as you want! However, it’s nice if we have a head count of how many people are coming. Its no obligation to go, but even if you plan on coming please RSVP here.
Remember, the other guys like to fudge numbers–we want to be honest.
Lastly, if you plan on going and would like to join me as a contingent of the Neighborhood, especially for social studies advocacy, please e-mail me so we can coordinate a meeting spot. The Ellipse is big, so plan on being there around 10 am so we can meet, greet and get our chanting voices ready.
Hope to see you all there.