What would you do to change your children #39;s schools?
The film Waiting for Superman has sparked a nationwide discussion on the quality of public education. However, conversations are not enough. Jacqueline Edelberg’s book How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a neighborhood renaissance pushes us past empty dialogue and offers a specific and detailed plan on how any concerned citizen, no matter what their educational or socio-economic background can exercise their power and transform their children’s schools.
Jacqueline will be a guest with me today on the Monique Caradine Show to explain how she joined with other concerned parents and did it in her own community. She’ll also be appearing on Perspective with me on Sunday at noon on MY50Chicago
Jacqueline Edelberg has been the driving force behind the Nettelhorst School’s dramatic turn around, a story that has been featured on Oprah amp; Friends, NPR, CNN, 60 Minutes, Education Weekly, and in the local Chicago media. A community organizer, writer, and nationally recognized fine artist, Jacqueline has led workshops for the Community Schools Initiative, Northside Parents Network, and Chicago Public Schools on how public schools and reformers can galvanize communities to improve public education. She has consulted with schools and neighborhood groups on issues of strategy and organizational development. Before devoting herself to art, community organizing, and cutting the crusts off bread, Jacqueline taught political science at the University of OsnabrÃ¼ck in Germany as a Fulbright scholar. She earned her bachelor’s degree and doctorate from the University of Chicago, and resides in Chicago with her husband Andrew Slobodien, and her two children, Maya and Zack.
So what are you willing to do to transform your children’s schools?
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