Topic: Welcome To The Great Conversation
Building public support for public schools one community at a time.
Praised as both practical and energizing, this session presents an inspiring call-to-arms, and a powerful case for the need to increase local support for public schools.
Jamie makes it clear that administrators and their staffs have real power: the power to change – for the better – the way the public thinks and acts toward their public schools. He shows that public trust is both public education’s most precious resource, and a prerequisite for substantive change. He explains why educators must connect with the public—an increasingly misinformed and difficult group.
Using his own transformation as a backdrop, Jamie helps his audience identify the corrosive social forces currently undermining support for schools, and he discusses a strategy to reverse this trend. He examines the threats arising from multiplying mandates, shifting demographics, and media hype. He aggressively refutes the popular belief that the people who work within our schools are the obstacles to meaningful reform.
In clear layman’s terms, Jamie teaches administrators how they can both inspire their staff to become more positive, proactive ambassadors for their district, and energize the community to support their schools.