In the face of daunting challenges, teachers and school leaders have maintained their steadfast commitment to meeting the needs of every student. The 30+ year narrative of failing schools resulting in punitive-focused policies has been allowed to echo for too long. It is time for a new voice to rise. A voice that remained dormant in the face of destructive forces.
Educators possess a uniquely powerful voice. Their voice can build a child up. Their voice can help a student believe in a future they never thought possible. Their voice can get a family through a tough time, or rally a community. Their voice can shape and inform policy at the state and local level.