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Conference to Stage I Love Public Education Rally

The I Love Public Education campaign is AASA’s 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.

AASA will host its first-ever rally at the 2018 national conference in Nashville, to showcase the association’s I Love Public Education campaign. It will take place at 9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom before the 2nd General Session on Friday, Feb. 16.

“The purpose of this rally is to relay the positive messages related to public education, using the power of the audience at the National Conference on Education,” said Chris Daw, AASA associate executive director.

Nashville radio personality Blair Garner is slated to emcee the rally. Lizzie Sider, a Top 40 recording artist, song writer and actress, who focuses on bullying prevention, will sing one of her songs and address the crowd on why she loved her public education experience.

Dan Domenech, AASA executive director, will talk about the importance of the I Love Public Education campaign and AASA’s work in this area. AASA President Gail Pletnick also will be on the stage.

Shawn Joseph, superintendent of Metro Nashville, Tenn., Public Schools, will offer insights about the impact of having so many education leaders gathering in his city. Nashville’s mayor, Megan Barry, will provide a local perspective on how public education benefits her community.

As part of their registration packets, conference attendees will receive an I Love Public Education t-shirt to wear at the rally.

The messages connected to the rally can be shared on social media using the hashtags #LovePublicEducation and #NCE18.

Read Sue Givens's blog post about this event.

(Rebecca Shaw is a reporter for Conference Daily Online.)

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