Photo credit:top left: Chase Heilman, top right: Erin Cadwallader, bottom: US Dept of Education (CC by 2.0)
This year, as in every year, I continue to be inspired by our members’ enthusiasm for and dedication to transforming the inequities in educational opportunity that many children in our country face. I am also inspired by our partners’ efforts and everyone working to help all children reach their dreams.
The perspective that teaching in low-income schools has instilled in you is powerful. Whether you’re bringing your experience to the classroom, elected office or a nonprofit, we’re dedicated to helping you and your communities gather, share stories, discover common values and develop the skills necessary to create environments where every child has the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
We live in challenging times, where investments in our schools continue to dwindle rather than surge; and where, too often, society’s belief in the potential of a child is defined by where that child lives, not what he or she can achieve. There is a lot more work to be done to change these realities. That’s why your endeavors on behalf of students everywhere are more important than ever. And vital to this, to creating the greatest impact, is to continue working in partnership with those who share our values, both within and outside our communities.
I encourage you to keep bringing the voices and experiences of your communities to the fore; and to help identify innovative solutions to the challenges they face. Along the way, be sure to also celebrate the many improvements taking shape in the educational system. After all, we have more schools doing amazing jobs with kids than we did a decade ago. We have to remember such progress, despite the tough work still ahead.
Throughout the process, LEE is here to support you. Simply visit our re-launched member website to find out how to get involved in policy, organizing, advocacy and elected leadership; information on events in your local community and leadership trainings, as well as to read LEE member stories.
Thank you for all the work that you do to help all children reach their potential. I look forward to working together.
—Mike Buman Executive Director, Leadership for Educational Equity