How do partnerships support kids’ learning?

On May 2nd, I’m headed to DC for the first “Mom Congress on Education & Learning” at Georgetown University.  I’ll have a chance to connect with 50 moms from around the country – one from each state — who have been active advocates for schools that serve all kids well.  We’ll get to meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and we will work on a “Lesson Plan for Change” for Parenting.

I’ve been interested in partnerships — schools connecting with families, community organizations, businesses, public agencies, non-profits in new ways.   Our current education system asks our teachers and schools to do more than is humanly possible.  Deep, coordinated partnerships are needed to develop the network of resources and relationships to deliver real-world, relevant learning opportunities and a coordinated web of supports for students.

To prepare for the congress, I’ve been reaching out to folks across Vermont to learn more about innovative partnerships.  What type of initiatives in your community support and strengthen educational opportunities for all kids?

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