AFC 2014 Policy Summit Day 1 Recap
2014 AFC Policy Summit Recap
May 20, 2014
The #EdRevolution has begun! It’s time to stop talking and doing – empowering parents with the opportunity to choose the best education for their child! Today hundreds of like-minded people gathered together in Orlando, Florida to learn how to put choice into action, share their wisdom, thoughts and passion for educational choice.
You can watch the summit live at: http://afcpolicysummit.com/
Or, check out the blog for photos and updates: http://federationforchildren.blogspot.com/
Accomplishments video: http://youtu.be/QZTaspSo4co
Nydia Success Story: http://youtu.be/qSw-Mt3Uk8Q
The Florida Story: http://youtu.be/PEINWt-7a8o
Excitement was in the air as education reformers arrived this morning to give birth to new ideas, putting children first in an effort to revolutionize education. The morning began with the thankful words from Arizona scholarship student Nydia Salazar, who shared her story of hope to be the first in her family to attend college. Click here to watch the video.
Dr. Steve Perry, Principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School, TV Host and Contributor, pumped-up the crowd by painting the picture of what education is for most children across the country and the importance of educational choice options. “It’s just giving children access to the school that’s best for them.”
The conversation became more localized during breakout sessions discussing the revolution of education through use of technology. Teachers have and will become more of a strategic partner and a coach, and learning becomes tailored to the student.
The afternoon also generated conversation about legislative, legal, and emerging communications issues on the horizon in regards to educational choice. Engaging community and strategic partners, as well as, empowering parents with knowledge about educational freedom will be key to future success of new programs and expansion of current choice programs around the country.
Harmonious music filled the ballroom as the students of The Conrad Academy School shared the gift of song with attendees, reminding everyone who they’re fighting for and why educational freedom is so important.
The day came to a close with choice advocate and WNBA star and 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lisa Leslie sharing personal journey, and passion for educational freedom and former journalist Campbell Brown. A passionate choice advocate, Brown co-founded the Parents’ Transparency Project, a non-profit watchdog organization that helps parents who are seeking information and accountability from teachers’ unions and state and local departments of education on actions that impact children at school.
We can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds! Click here to view Wednesday’s schedule.