In education, we tend to focus on deficits: achievement gaps, dropout rates, inequities, etc. The problems can seem intractable and progress imperceptible.
But there are a lot of great people – teachers, school staff, mentors, community and parent volunteers – whose small individual efforts add up to big, positive things for kids.
Here are some DC homegrown heroes I’ve met along the campaign trail recently:
Antwain Baum, a canvasser for city council at-large candidate David Grosso, volunteers at Orr Elementary, helping at lunch and supervising kids on the playground so they can get fresh air while their teachers administer tests.
Cut school librarians and libraries?! Not if Peter MacPherson can do something about it. From spearheading online petition drives to scrutinizing the schools’ budget to organizing parent/student rallies at the John A. Wilson Building (photo), Peter is fighting for all our kids and schools.