About Me

 

The last year has been an amazing journey.  I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with new parent leaders in Burlington and Winooski as we begin a journey together to create a network  to ensure that every student thrives — in and outside of school.   Every day, I get to connect with parents about what matters most — their children.  I’m excited to be working with:

My name is Dawn Moskowitz and I am a community organizer working with parents and students in Vermont.  For the past five years, I’ve worked to strengthen partnerships between families, communities and schools.  I believe that we are on the edge of a new frontier in public education — one that requires us to figure out how to transform the underlying system to effectively serve an incredibly diverse group of students in a rapidly changing world.

To make a major leap forward — to connect learning to real world, engaging opportunities tied to student-interest AND provide support structures for all kids — REQUIRES that we work collaboratively to tap into both the power of community — relationships and place — AND the power of technology.  Oh, and while we’re at it, somehow we’ve got to realistically define and agree on what it is our kids need to get out of school!

I am an organizer with Voices for Vermont’s Children as part of the Winooski-Burlington Partnerhip for Change.   I work closely with Vermont Interfaith Action using a one-to-one organizing approach to support parent leaders and build a network of parents.  Previously, I led family-school-community partnerships at the Burlington School District.  I helped launch new partnership teams in Burlington Schools,  developed grade-level summaries for parents, coordinated outreach to hundreds of parents and residents to create a community vision of Excellence and Equity for Burlington,  interviewed over 100 teachers to gain their insight and created a University service-learning project to provide a glimpse into 90 of Burlington’s classrooms.

I’ve also spent a year as an IDEA organizer, connecting with incredible individuals around the country to help build a network committed to powerful, meaningful learning. I have worked closely with Vermont’s Parent Information Resource Center.  I’ve also enjoyed learning from the Vermont-based Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together, the National Network of Partnership Schools, the Nellie Mae Foundation, and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.  I got my start as an education activist in 2006, when Burlington schools engaged the community in conversations about socio-economic integration.  I organized families to share their educational values which helped to shape a community-based plan.

My passion is to create a  just, sustainable and connected world.  For the past two decades, I’ve been on a journey to learn more about local and global communities and to find ways to develop and apply my skills to positive social change.  Along the way, I’ve discovered a lot about myself, and just how much there is to learn!  I started my “learning journey” with a formal education in economics at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.  Early in my career, I had the opportunity to be involved in launching an Internet start-up, helping to grow a medium-sized technology business and  supporting the development of the initial web-presence in divisions of two Fortune 500 companies.  After gaining insight into the business world and building my skills, I knew my purpose was to apply my experience in a way that helped people.  In the early 90’s, I discovered the world of corporate social responsibility and was involved in the emergence of the social enterprise field.  This led to exciting projects working with the ground-breaking, entrepreneurial organizations Common Ground Community and Opportunities Credit Union.   I’m fortunate to have had the chance to partake in advancing numerous anti-poverty initiatives — in supportive and affordable housing,  job training and economic development, community development finance and financial literacy and, most recently,  public education.   Helping people to believe in their  potential, to support individuals in building their leadership, capacity, and networks motivates me.   I enjoy getting to know people’s stories, hopes and dreams and re-weaving community connections to solve collective issues.

My daughter and husband inspire me to keep asking questions and learning.     I formally became an education activist in 2006, when Burlington schools engaged the community in conversations about socio-economic integration.  I organized families to share their educational values which helped to shape a community-based plan.

You can reach me at partner4kids(at)gmail.com

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