I created Parents Advocate League (PAL) in 2007 after my oldest son had a hard time in first grade learning to read. As a former teacher I thought I had all the answers, but I quickly learned I was lost in a system I thought I knew inside and out. I also felt so alone. I knew my child’s true colors, and I knew I had to do everything I could to help him shine.
It was also important to me to help other children have a quality education. I knew parents felt alone and needed better resources and the confidence to let their voice be heard. I wanted PAL to help educate and empower parents to be a force in their child’s education. Our members, endearingly called PALs, play an important part in learning and engaging other parents to join PAL to be an advocate for students.
Change is needed in the education system. Parents cannot wait for policy makers and special interest groups to do the right thing. We have to unite as parents and focus on ensuring the needs of all students are being met through teacher accountability, choices in education, transparency/accountability, and improved STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Many of us have experienced greatness in education. Some of us have experienced situations in education that were not so great. I hope you are inspired to join Parents Advocate League and become part of the group known as PALs. Together we can help children shine.
True Colors by John Legend as performed at TED