At the NAME conference today

The National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) has been holding their  21st annual international conference here in Chicago this week. NAME’s mission is to advance and advocate for equity and social justice through multicultural education.

I’ll be on a panel this afternoon with friend and true education reformer Bill Ayers and a bunch of other people, all who have contributed to a (we hope) soon-to-be-published book called “Educational Courage: Resisting the Ambush of Public Education.”

The book will offer stories of people and groups that have stood up to the recent attacks on public education to offer hope and some ideas for resistance.

In my allotted 5 minutes, I’m going to run through a few highlights of PURE’s actions, from our formation as an alliance of parents and teachers, to our challenge to test-based retention (including our parent broadsheet), to the fight against Renaissance 2010 (including fact sheets about Arne Duncan “Dodge-ing the Truth” and AUSL’s “Missing Children“), and ending with our co-founding of Parents Across America, taking the work nationwide.

The good news is that “just parents” can  have a strong voice and can make a difference.     


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Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.