My time at NECSN so far has been extremely rewarding. I have had the pleasure of visiting so many amazing schools across Buffalo and Rochester and learning more about the charter school community. What I have seen over these last few weeks has only made me more excited to work with and advocate on behalf of these incredible schools.
As I toured schools like Elmwood Village in Buffalo and Genessee Community near Rochester, I saw students who are so passionate about their learning. I met with students who love their schools and know that they can go to college and be anything they want.
I also got to see fantastic uses of technology in the classroom. At Oracle Charter School an app is used where students can record their performances or thoughts on a piece, and the clips play when held up to images on the wall. Rochester Academy, recognized as one of the nation’s best high schools by U.S. News and World Report, has an incredible science and robotics program.
On these visits I also met with passionate educators – leaders working so hard to make sure their students get the best education possible. They are ready to advocate on behalf of their schools to make sure their children get equitable funding and access to facilities funding.
And I got to experience the excitement of my first Charter School Advocacy Day at the Capitol. It was wonderful to help connect these educators, students and parents with their legislators so that they can tell their stories. They see firsthand what the funding disparity means for them, and they understand that this is the year to fix it.
These first few weeks with NECSN have been inspirational. I have had the opportunity to connect with exceptional families and schools, and I can’t wait to hear more of their stories and help share them with our lawmakers – and with our readers!