Thursday, February 15
Federal Relations Luncheon: Toward a Geography of Justice: Rural Sustainability and the Promise of Public Education
12 – 1:30pm
Mara Casey Tieken, Associate Professor, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
The recent election has brought new attention to rural America, yet media and policymakers continue to overlook the important role that rural schools play in ensuring the vitality of rural communities. The future of rural America depends upon its schools. Dr. Mara Casey Tieken, author of Why Rural Schools Matter, will explore why rural schools matter: how they define, shape, and sustain rural communities and how they are equipped to promote equity for all students, regardless of race, class, and geography.
6:30 – 7:30pm
Friday, February 16
I Love Public Education Rally
11am – 12pm
On behalf of the children who attend our nation’s public schools, the “I Love Public Education” campaign is a year-long effort to highlight why public schools are essential to developing the future generations that will maintain our country’s status as a world leader.
This campaign is designed to facilitate deliberate conversations and strong, meaningful actions on the efforts to bolster our schools to best support the students they serve. We will work to reframe the current national dialogue on public education to highlight the critical role public schools play as the bedrock of our civic society, as well as their work to prepare students to be successful and contributing members of their local, national and global communities.
Visit www.lovepubliceducation.org to learn more.
The Dr. Effie H. Jones Memorial Luncheon
12 – 2pm
Catherine E. Lhamon, Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Former Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
Effie Jones was a champion for women and minorities. Like Dr. Jones, Catherine Lhamon has dedicated her life’s work to equity and justice for children and for education in this country. Ms. Lhamon, AASA’s first Tom Sobol Lecturer, will address these timely and important equity issues.