- Written by Andrew Campanella
- Written by Israel Ortega
With National School Choice Week just around the corner, our symbolic yellow scarves made an appearance last week in Columbia, South Carolina, at the annual conference of the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina (PCSASC).
Randan Steinhauser, national outreach advisor for NSCW, was a featured speaker at the event. A Palmetto State native, Randan told the crowd that 70 schools in South Carolina are already planning events for NSCW 2015. She also provided schools with more information about how they can participate in the Week.
At the event, renowned author Richard Whitmire –who recently released his latest book, "On the Rocketship," – wore his own yellow scarf, telling the crowd that: "School choice keeps me optimistic!” We agree!
In addition to the charter conference, the Palmetto Policy Forum hosted a strategy luncheon last week with legislators, parents, teachers and school board members.
Enthusiasm for school choice will continue to increase as National School Choice Week draws near. A broad coalition of organizations, including the PCSASC and the Palmetto Policy Forum, are working together to plan an event at the state capitol during NSCW to showcase the growing support for school choice within the state.
Thank you to all of our friends and partners in South Carolina!
- Written by Israel Ortega
Are you in for National School Choice Week?!
Well if you are one of over 7,000 schools, making up more than 2.2 million students from coast to coast, then the answer is a resounding yes!
Of course, that number doesn’t even include the hundreds of partner organizations, friends and supporters that have made National School Choice Week the largest ever public awareness campaign in support of school choice. And with 82 days until the festivities officially get going, there is still time to help spread the word about National School Choice Week and encourage others to celebrate choice when it comes to education while encouraging parents to begin thinking about the next school year and learn about educational options in their states and school districts.
What’s more, National School Choice Week is a time to celebrate the uniqueness of our schools and students. From the traditional public schools, to public charter school to online schools, private, magnet and home schools, National School Choice Week is all about encouraging parents to decide for themselves the best type of education for their children.
And while we’re at it, we have a ton of fun! In the coming weeks, we’ll begin sharing with you what we have in store for National School Choice Week which is shaping up to be the biggest celebration yet. Among the things we will be sharing will be the location for our big kick-off and the steps for the all-new National School Choice Week dance!
Until then, look for more updates on our blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn about what the National School Choice Week Team is doing to prepare for the week. You can help us by spreading the word that National School Choice Week is just around the corner - tell your friends in person or online. And if you’re part of an organization, don’t forget to order your free National School Choice Week kit here. And if you’re an individual, don’t forget to stay informed by visiting this blog or signing up here for updates.
To the 7,000 plus schools and 2.2 million students that are in for National School Choice Week: Thank You…We’re just getting started!
- Written by National School Choice Week
It wouldn't be National School Choice Week without a dance. Here's the official version for 2015:
During previous National School Choice Weeks, hundreds of schools and thousands of individuals learned the steps to the dance, and many folks posted their performances to YouTube. Start practicing using the video above and...