Network Leaders Share What is Giving Them Hope

As we approach a new year, Network leaders are looking to brighter days ahead. Advocates share what is giving them hope for the future. In the words of Vaclav Havel:

“Hope is not the same as optimism. It’s not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense.”

Read on for insight from more than two dozen leaders. Interested in sharing #WhatIsGivingYouHope? Reach out.

Ariel Taylor Smith, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Transform Education Now



Daniel Walker, Executive Director, DelawareCAN



David Mansouri, President and CEO, State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)



Emily Anne Gullickson, Executive Director, A for Arizona



Jana Wilcox-Lavin, Executive Director, Opportunity 180


Josh Crosson, Executive Director, EdAllies



Karen Hawley Miles, CEO, Education Resource Strategies


Leah Sutton, Director of Policy and Advocacy, BEST NC



Marcus Brandon, Executive Director, NorthCarolinaCAN



Maya Martin Cadogan, Executive Director, PAVE



Michael Petrilli, President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute



Mimi Rodman, Executive Director, Stand for Children Illinois


Natalie Tovani- Walchuk, Executive Director, GO Public Schools West Contra Costa

See the complete wellness campaign from GO Public Schools West Contra Costa here designed to share strategies and stories to help parents and caregivers support their families’ well being—as well as their own.  



Nina Rees, President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools




Paul Herdman, President and CEO, Rodel




Paula Cole, Executive Director, Educators for Excellence-Minnesota



Paula White, Executive Director, Educators for Excellence-New York



Rachel Canter, Executive Director, Mississippi First


Rachel Hathaway, Executive Director, Teach Plus Indiana



Robin Lake, Executive Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education



Scott Laband, President, Colorado Succeeds



Scott Sargrad, Vice President of K-12 Education Policy, Center for American Progress 



Subira Gordon, Executive Director, ConnCAN


Sydney Morris, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Educators for Excellence



Victor Evans, Executive Director, TennesseCAN





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