Hi there! We’re 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign For Achievement Now.
To us, reimagining American K–12 education is more than a just cause, it’s the most important work we can do as a democracy. Equipped with nonpartisan research and proven tools, the 50CAN network is driving the creation of stronger, more equitable schools in every state and community in our network. In this CANnual Report, you can explore the work we did together in 2016 and the path forward we’re creating for all children.
To explore the CANnual Report, click on a header and scroll inside each section to learn more.
Over the past six years, our journey as advocates has taken us into communities across this great land, forging deep friendships with fellow advocates and working together to secure important policy changes for kids. It’s our pleasure to share what we’ve learned along the way: the 2016 park map to 50CAN.
Education advocacy can seem overwhelmingly complex, but the goal of our shared work is straightforward: All children deserve a high-quality education, regardless of their address.
We don’t have simple answers to big questions, but we do have a strong vision forged through our shared experience. We know education advocacy demands equal parts resilience and accountability. At 50CAN, we strive to have the tenacity to stay the path regardless of the obstacles in our way and the dexterity to adapt our efforts based on what we are learning in the field.
Together with your support in 2016, we united two advocacy organizations deeply committed to our nation’s students into one network of nine states, three fellowship regions and 14 communities of citizen advocates. We launched YouCAN, our leadership development program that equips advocates from across the country with the tools and resources to start education projects in their hometowns. And we secured 17 legislative victories in our states to strengthen support for families and students.
We're excited to travel the path together in the months and years to come.
CEO & Founder
The 50CAN network grows every year to include more state branches, affiliates, fellowship regions, neighborhood initiatives and more. In the spring of 2016, StudentsFirst and 50CAN merged their networks to go further together on behalf of 11 million students.
This merger was the next step towards an education movement where leaders in communities across the country work together to build advocacy campaigns that are locally grown, locally led and locally sustained. The combined network brings together more than 50 advocates across the country, supported by a national team of policy, communications and strategy experts.
At the end of 2016, we were proud to support a network of nine state CANs, three fellowship regions and 14 YouCAN communities.
- 3New Jersey
- 4New York
- 5North Carolina
- 7Rhode Island
- 8South Carolina
- 11New Jersey
- 12New Mexico
- 13Baltimore, MD
- 14Charlotte, NC
- 15Cumberland, RI
- 16Duluth, MN
- 17Gaithersburg, MD
- 18Newark, NJ
- 19New York, NY
- 20Pawtucket, RI
- 21Philadelphia, PA
- 22Pittsburgh, PA
- 23Providence, RI
- 24Randallstown, MD
- 25Roxboro, NC
- 26Washington, D.C.
A snapshot of our work in 2016:
- kids served across the 50CAN network
- applications received for our leadership training programs
- Grew the 50CAN network to 9 states
- presentations on education advocacy at conferences and panels
- media hits generated on education advocacy and policy reform
- miles traveled to speak with advocates
- original blog posts
- policy wins for kids secured
- report featured on "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"
- Grew our social media audience to 100,836 members across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- advocacy projects piloted in YouCAN communities
50CAN’s national and state board of directors are made up of leaders in education, business and philanthropy. Together, we are working to ensure that our advocacy efforts get meaningful results for the kids we serve.
- Sandra L. Vargas, board chair, former CEO & president, The Minneapolis Foundation
- Ann Borowiec, former CEO, J.P. Morgan Private Wealth Management
- Marc Porter Magee, CEO & founder, 50CAN
- Roland Martin, managing editor & host, NewsOne Now
- Michael Phillips, senior pastor, The Kingdom Life Church
- Jonathan Sackler, director, Purdue Pharma, founder, ConnCAN
- Dacia Toll, co-CEO, Achievement First
- David Wick, chief external impact officer, KIPP Foundation
- Joselyn Baker, founder, Butler Baker Communications
- Former Representative Mike Dudgeon, Georgia House of Representatives
- Erin Hames, president, ReformEd
- Robert Hennessy, president, Hennessy Jaguar Land Rover Centers of Atlanta
- Dwight Ho-Sang, school leader, KIPP Ways Academy
- Danielle LeSure, CEO and president, EdConnect
- Ann Borowiec, board co-chair, former CEO, J.P. Morgan Private Wealth Management
- Tom Kean, board co-chair, former Governor of New Jersey
- Ray Chambers, UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria
- Samuel Cole, president & COO, Phigital, Inc.
- Mary Farrell, director, The Maeve Foundation, Inc.
- Shané Harris, vice president, The Prudential Foundation
- Christine Healey, president, Healey Education Foundation
- Tom Healey, managing partner, Healey Development
- Susan Bass Levin, president & CEO, The Cooper Foundation
- Dr. Michael Nettles, senior vice president, Educational Testing Service
- Larry Rogers, treasurer, Better Education for Kids
- Walter Shipley, retired chairman & CEO, Chase Manhattan Bank
- Josh Weston, honorary chairman, ADP, Inc.
- Donald Manekin, board chair, founding member, Seawall Development Company
- Kim Lee Bedford, community resource coordinator, Roland Park Elementary/Middle School
- Alice Johnson Cain, vice president for policy, Teach Plus
- Jeff Cohen, CEO, Sylvan Learning
- Tom Gildee, president, Kids-R-VIPs Foundation
- Michael Phillips, senior pastor, The Kingdom Life Church
- Omari Todd, senior vice president, regional operations, Teach For America
- Mitchell Whiteman, portfolio manager, Brown Advisory
- Pamela Blizzard, managing director, Research Triangle High
- Nafeesha Irby, executive director, Teach For America Piedmont Triad
- Taylor Griffin, consultant
- Rick Lawson, executive director, Children’s Museum of Wilmington
- Richard Constable, senior vice president, Wyndham Worldwide
- Ed Kirby, education consultant
- Mark Gleason, board chair, executive director, Philadelphia School Partnership
- Adiah Ferron, counsel, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP
- Brook Lenfest, CEO, Netcarrier
- Marc Mannella, CEO & founder, KIPP Philadelphia Schools
- Mike Pearson, CEO & founder, Union Packaging
- Joe Dewhirst, board member, RI Health and Educational Building Corporation
- Gara Field, director of global education, Moses Brown School
- Kara Milner, Rhode Island parent
At 50CAN, no one works in isolation. By embracing a sense of community in 2016, our advocates became part of an inspiring national network of talent and ideas. These team members worked tirelessly for students, displaying optimism, relentlessness, candor, humility and a commitment to “plus” our work. Meet the 50CAN trail guides!
- Atnre Alleyne
- Rachel Amankulor
- Sarah Dolejs Aronson
- James Blew
- Jason Botel
- Theodore Boyatt
- Derrell Bradford
- Kenneth Marcus Brandon
- Charles Bufalino
- Alexandra Cassanova
- Jonathan Cetel
- Stephanie Chapman
- Eva Colen
- Singer Crawford
- Christine Dinsay
- Janellen Duffy
- Kathryn Duval
- Brent Easley
- Victor Evans
- Morganne Firmstone
- Lisa Gibes
- Rebecca Greenberg-Ellis
- Kathryn Hanna
- Jessica Hickernell
- Isabel Huston
- Latisha Johnson
- Tremaine Johnson
- Jenese Jones
- Alexander Jue
- Arash Kamiar
- Dana Laurens
- Alexander Macaulay
- Marc Porter Magee
- Yamuna Menon
- Beth Milne
- Michael O'Sullivan
- Takashi Ohno
- Steven Quinn
- Shelonda Richardson
- Seth Saavedra
- Akinluyi Shonekan
- Udeitha Srimushnam
- Andrew Stanecki
- Edward Stanley
- Floyd Bradford Swann
- Elizabeth Frosch Taylor
- Christopher Tessone
- Vallay Varro
- Daniel Zavala
Education advocacy can often sound wonky, but it boils down to this: At 50CAN, we want to connect citizen advocates with each other and give them a platform to bring a high-quality education to all kids. We share the work of inspiring advocates in our #FromtheField series, documenting the work of our local leaders on social media in real-time. Here are some highlights from 2016:
New name, same commitment to kids. As part of the 50CAN merger with StudentsFirst, we welcomed GeorgiaCAN into the 50CAN network. In 2016, GeorgiaCAN piloted an innovative rapid response communications system: Capitol Alerts. Through this text message-based communications platform, the GeorgiaCAN team supported more than 900 community members in contacting their legislators about education issues. If you live in the Peach State, you can stay up to date on the important work being done at the state legislature.
Camden, New Jersey is a community of promise. With its culturally diverse roots and rich history as a bustling hub of industry, the city has immense potential. It teems with life, and is home to so many people dedicated to enriching their community with dreams of success for their children. At the center of that promise lies high-quality school options, where families are empowered to enroll their children in schools of their choice across the city. JerseyCAN published A City Invincible: School Choice and Hope in Camden in February 2016 to highlight the work being done in Camden and the path forward for families seeking educational options in the city.
In the summer of 2016, MarylandCAN partnered with Baltimore City Schools to implement a peer-to-peer principal mentoring program. The Baltimore Principal Leadership Consultancy was a yearlong fellowship to provide principals with high-quality, intensive professional development from peers with strong track records of leading children from low-income households to succeed at high levels. Principals in the program engaged in mentoring sessions and cohort experiences to deepen learning and successfully implement best practices.
50,000. That’s how many low-income students in North Carolina were granted access to unprecedented opportunity in 2016 thanks to the creation of an Achievement School District and a historic expansion of the Opportunity Scholarship program. It’s also the average salary N.C. teachers made beginning in the 2016-17 school year—the highest average ever in state history. Together with state partners, NorthCarolinaCAN championed this legislation throughout 2016, marking one of their most successful policy victories to date.
There’s power in the people. In October 2016, NYCAN executive director Derrell Bradford spoke at the “Path to Possible” rally in New York City, organized by Families for Excellent Schools. The event brought together 3,000 families and teachers to show support for schools of choice and encourage Mayor Bill de Blasio to lift the cap on charter schools in the city. Derrell spoke alongside educators and administrators from Success Academy and KIPP Schools.
The PennCAN team has crisscrossed the Keystone State countless times in their advocacy and legislative work, but 2016 saw a special emphasis on Pittsburgh. In November, PennCAN and partner A Plus Schools hosted a schools of choice fair for families in Allegheny County. With more the 20 schools—charter, magnet and private included—students and families were introduced to all the educational options in their community.
In 2016, a little state took on a big initiative: to elevate teacher voices on personalized learning and inform policy campaigns in the future. RI-CAN launched Learning Pioneers as a summer fellowship to help educators translate their classroom work into shared goals. With more than 60 applicants for three fellowship positions, RI-CAN brought together some of the most innovative minds in classroom learning. Meet these pioneering fellows, and see how their work is shaping the future of personalized learning policy!
The South Carolina team has been advocating for kids in the Palmetto State since 2013, and joined the 50CAN network in 2016. With a new name but the same driving spirit in providing a high-quality education to all SC children, SouthCarolinaCAN set out to speak with South Carolinians across the state to get their thoughts on educational issues at the statehouse and in their own backyard. The results of this listening tour will shape the policy pathway for the organization for years to come. Read more about what South Carolinians think about local education issues.
It’s no secret—the 50CAN network loves stats. Data-driven solutions are part of the foundation of our work so we can advocate for the best research-backed policies that reach the most kids. After joining the 50CAN network in 2016, TennesseeCAN released two signature reports that examine the data across the Volunteer State: The 2016 Tennessee policy report card and the Tennessee education snapshot.
We believe in the power of evidence-based policy and the power of open advocacy.
All of our campaigns must start with proven theories of change—what we have seen add up to a real difference in students’ lives. That means researching the best policies for kids and learning from the results on the ground in communities across the country. It also means a commitment to open advocacy by building campaigns in the light of day and reporting on them with candor and humility. This openness strengthens accountability, accelerates our learning across the network and promotes trust. Like the students we work so hard to serve, advocacy thrives on a constant flow of new ideas and sound knowledge.
Our work is based in five guiding policy principles:
Put every child on the path to success by ensuring all students have the opportunity to attend a high-quality preschool.
Provide families with multiple options so they can find the learning environment that best meets the needs of their children.
Set clear, rigorous standards for the knowledge, skills and abilities students need to have to succeed in the global economy. Use trusted assessments to measure progress towards these goals and hold schools accountable for results.
Create an environment where America’s most talented teachers and leaders thrive by attracting great teachers and giving them more freedom and support in their own classroom.
Meet every child where they are and bring them up to where they need to be by ensuring they graduate with the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to be happy, healthy, productive adults who make the world a better place for all.
- Expanded high-quality options with fair funding and facilities for all schools in NEW JERSEY.
- Expanded the number of high-quality school options in CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY.
- Increased access to high-quality seats for more NORTH CAROLINA students through opportunity scholarships.
- Continued the growth of charter schools in NEW YORK CITY and across the state.
- Ensured equitable funding for all PENNSYLVANIA public schools—traditional and charter alike.
- Supported equitable funding for school oversight entities in TENNESSEE.
- Expanded the number of high-quality school options in NEWARK, NEW JERSEY.
- Passed legislation that authorizes high-quality operators of schools of choice to employ principals and teachers in MARYLAND.
- Improved the public charter school landscape by promoting funding parity and stronger charter management in MINNESOTA.
- Ensured NORTH CAROLINA charter schools receive more equitable and timely funding.
- Expanded the growth of high-quality schools in ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.
- Provided fair, sustainable school facilities aid to all public schools in RHODE ISLAND.
- Disaggregated student achievement data by ethnic community in order to better tailor supports and resources in MINNESOTA.
- Successfully passed an Achievement School District bill in NORTH CAROLINA.
- Elevated personalized learning as a statewide education priority in RHODE ISLAND.
- Successfully passed an Achievement School District bill in SOUTH CAROLINA.
- Supported the passage of legislation that requires the TENNESSEE Department of Education to develop a system to grade schools based on student achievement and growth.
- Supported priority school rankings in TENNESSEE schools.
- Fully supported and protected the implementation of the Individualized Education Act in TENNESSEE.
- Increased financial transparency for all GEORGIA schools.
- Reformed school discipline policies to keep students in the classroom in MINNESOTA.
- Fostered greater local funding commitments for K-12 education in NORTH CAROLINA.
- Ensured the education funding formula is fair and focused on the needs of students in RHODE ISLAND.
- Launched the Baltimore Principal Leadership Consultancy in MARYLAND so that principals can help each other lead more children from low-income households to achieve at high levels.
- Strengthened accountability and support for SOUTH CAROLINA teachers.
- Ensured that MINNESOTA develops and executes a clear, streamlined licensure process for experienced out-of-state educators.
- Increased funding and support for programs focused on improving MINNESOTA teacher quality, diversity and effectiveness.
- Required TENNESSEE schools to assign students based on teacher performance to avoid placement for consecutive years with underperforming teachers.
- Supported the implementation and rollout of Common Core aligned assessments in NEW YORK.
- Streamlined testing in TENNESSEE to remove extraneous state tests from student requirements and provide greater transparency to students and families about assessment performance.
- Protected the state’s commitment to high standards and honest assessments in NEW JERSEY.
We launched the 50CAN Education Advocacy Fellowship in 2014 to find, connect and support local leaders in education. After a yearlong training program, these leaders build a road map to launch an advocacy campaign in their community or secure a leadership role within the education advocacy movements in their states and communities.
In 2016, we received 525 applications from 36 states and the District of Columbia. Meet the four 50CAN fellows who are exploring the wild world of advocacy together:
Amanda joins the 50CAN fellowship from the New Mexico Public Education Department where she is the director of strategic outreach. Prior to that, she spent six years in the energy sector at ConocoPhillips as the director of stakeholder relations. Amanda is a first-generation college graduate with a degree in international business and Spanish from the University of Tulsa.
Tish joins 50CAN with over 15 years of combined financial, government, legal and corporate experience. Tish is the founder and CEO of the capacity-building firm The Groundwork Agency and is currently the co-chair of the program committee for the I Have A Dream Foundation-Newark and legal advisor for Girls: Live, Love, Laugh, Inc. Tish is an adjunct professor at Essex County Community College. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Spelman College and a juris doctorate from Georgia State University.
Arash joins 50CAN after serving as partner and publishing manager for six years at MetroJacksonville.com. Prior to his work in publishing, he served as a public policy scholar for Florida Blue in Jacksonville where he researched and wrote health policy. He holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Florida State University and a master's in public policy from Jacksonville University.
Seth joins 50CAN most recently from the NACA Inspired Schools Network, where he served as director of talent and advancement. Prior to that, Seth spent eight years with Teach For America, serving first as a corps member and teacher at Bridgeport Public Schools before transitioning to national roles including vice president of school systems talent matching. Seth holds a bachelor's degree in economics, philosophy and English from the University of New Mexico.
YouCAN is premised on one simple truth: Everyone can be a leader.
Over the past decade, the education advocacy movement has expanded dramatically—reaching more states, taking on more issues and creating a new generation of professional advocacy organizations. But we still lack the deep community roots and bench of advocates to ensure that our efforts are sustainable, successful and truly driven from the local level.
50CAN pioneered the YouCAN program in 2016 to address this urgent need. The program deepens the advocacy movement by ensuring that the voices of parents, teachers and community members are magnified, and creates the potential for large-scale, sustainable change by broadening and diversifying the education advocacy movement.
Meet the inaugural class of YouCAN Advocates and see how their visions for the future of education advocacy are shaping the landscape around us.
May is a first grade teacher in Baltimore City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from Towson University. She is currently a master’s degree candidate in early childhood education at The Johns Hopkins University. When not advocating for her students, she loves adding movies to her animated feature DVD collection and believes she will be Disney’s first Ghanaian princess.
May’s project: Build bridges between the community leaders who make decisions about education in Baltimore City and the parents who send their children to school every day through new forums for community engagement and dialogue.
Stephanie is an elementary school principal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from George Mason University. When not at school, Stephanie enjoys running, cooking and reading.
Stephanie’s project: Create a parent and community school advisory board to increase engagement and advocacy modeled after the principal board developed at Stephanie’s school.
Abigail researches and writes about education policy at a think tank and civic enterprise based in Washington, D.C. In a former life, Abigail taught elementary school science and engineering in Granville County, North Carolina. She holds a certificate in middle grades education from East Carolina University and a bachelor’s in psychology from Goucher College. Abigail spends most of her free time reading novels and listening to indie pop on the MARC train.
Abigail’s project: Help Baltimoreans for Educational Equity (BEE) build collective power through targeted membership and engagement initiatives.
Stewart is an artist and advocate in Baltimore who has been curating and exhibiting her work and the work of local artists for over 20 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The Pennsylvania State University and a master of fine art from the University of Maryland College Park.
Stewart’s project: Help successfully implement Maryland’s new charter law at the local level by pursuing changes at her community school with parents, administrators and community members.
Gail is a counseling intern at a nonprofit that provides job readiness training to Baltimore City residents. Gail holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral and social science with a secondary concentration in business management from the University of Maryland University College. She is currently completing her internship for a master’s degree in licensed professional counseling from Liberty University. In her spare time, Gail escapes to the fictional world of The Chosen, a middle grade adventure novel she is writing.
Gail’s project: Raise awareness of the valuable contribution school counselors and paraprofessionals make to education reform.
Sumair is an integration specialist with Duluth Public Schools where he develops and coordinates programs aimed to decrease the achievement gap while helping students better understand their postsecondary options. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Michigan State University and a master’s in advocacy and political leadership from the University of Minnesota. Sumair spends his free time volunteering for local campaigns, playing basketball and volleyball and exploring the north shore of Lake Superior.
Sumair’s project: Foster innovative teaching methods and encourage professional growth by pairing student teachers with the best fitting mentor teachers through the creation of a match system within a community-wide education career pathway.
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Tafshier is a corporate billing supervisor for an international security company. She is also a parent advocate leader and co-facilitation trainer for the New Jersey Black Alliance for Educational Options and a member of KIPPNJ – Newark Collegiate Academy Parent Partnership. When not advocating for families, she enjoys teaching Newarkers about adopting a vegetarian lifestyle, reading and spending time with family.
Tafshier’s project: Train parents and community members to become Parent Advocate Leaders and rethink the way schools engage parent organizers.
Tawanna is a 20-year veteran of the New Jersey public sector, currently working in information technology. She is a lifelong resident of the city of Newark, New Jersey and a product of Newark Public Schools. She is a member of the Parent Coalition for Excellent Education and New Jersey Black Education Alliance Organization, as well as co-chair of Rise Academy Parent Partnership. Her favorite pastimes are reading, cooking and traveling.
Tawanna’s project: Increase voter turnout by building a local grassroots committee that will go door-to-door and school-to-school to remind and educate neighbors and community stakeholders about the importance of voting.
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Gisele is the vice president/executive director for New York and New Jersey at Turnaround. Prior to joining Turnaround, Gisele was a founding member of the ROADS charter high schools executive leadership team. Gisele earned her doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College, department of health and behavioral studies.
Gisele’s project: Initiate a targeted campaign to establish a shared identity, vision and voice for African-American philanthropists to harness political power, set a policy agenda and ensure a sustainable funding stream.
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Sade is a literacy tutor and arts advocate. While she obtained her degree in business, she has utilized her skills to develop art and youth programming. Often times, you can catch her creating, encouraging or reading.
Sade’s project: Start a conversation surrounding education policy in Person County, North Carolina and create a network of community arts and education advocates to foster and sustain improvement in the local educational landscape.
Jason is the co-founder of Profound Gentlemen, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the national percentage of male educators of color. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, philosophy and black studies from Furman University and a master’s degree in education from The Johns Hopkins School of Education. Jason is a hip-hop enthusiast, enjoys playing the guitar and connecting with family and close friends.
Jason’s project: Elevate the voices of black men in education and increase awareness around the impact that male educators of color have on boys of color.
Toya is a member of the board of trustees for KIPP, serving KIPP Philadelphia Charter School, KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School and KIPP DuBois Charter School. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from LaSalle University. She enjoys crocheting, playing with her grandchildren and barbecuing.
Toya’s project:Create a coalition of engaged KIPP parents that will advocate for the children, families and communities they serve by recruiting parent leaders who will collectively create a parent engagement strategy for families at KIPP.
Renee’ is a mother of five children and a licensed practical nurse. When she is not trying to educate those in her community on advocacy, she is attending countless football and basketball games.
Renee’s project: Create a blog on education advocacy for parents focused on practical advice on how to speak for children and ensure that they are on track for college and beyond.
Shallegra is a quality analyst for a Medicaid health plan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications for social justice and a master’s of public health. Shallegra is deeply involved in volunteering with her local school, youth development organizations and the department of public safety. She enjoys reading, research and everything on Investigation Discovery.
Shallegra’s project: Help support a local charter school’s transformation into a more supportive school that acknowledges, addresses and provides practical interventions for children experiencing chronic trauma.
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Yaneli is a director for the Providence YMCA. She is one of two first generation college graduates from her family, holding a bachelor’s degree in event management with a minor in psychology from Johnson and Wales University. Her two children, Yanmark and Celene, have driven her to become a passionate education advocate.
Yaneli’s project: Help parents become advocates for quality educational choices for their children by uniting them to create a community that defends their children’s future.
Karyn is an account manager and trainer in the call center at Amica Insurance and a member of the Blackstone Valley Prep Parent Advocacy Fellowship, which furthers parents’ ability to advocate for school choice. She attended the Art Institute of Boston and graduated with a degree in photography. When she isn’t busy with her middle school girls, she enjoys gardening, reading and shopping.
Karyn’s project: Provide a comprehensive online repository of special education resources for parents of scholars with learning disabilities, including a blog, parent presentations and social media toolkits.
Robert works on Teach For America’s Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships team, where he leads the organization’s work around STEM teacher recruitment. Prior to this role, Robert worked as a campus recruiter, instructional coach and educator based out of his home state of Rhode Island. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in urban education policy from Brown University, where he was an Urban Education Fellow.
Robert’s project: Connect individual parents, students and teachers with local resource-rich neighborhood institutions like libraries and nonprofits to elevate the voices of individual leaders at the local and state level.
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Kesha is a consultant and literacy advocate living in Washington’s Ward 8. Recently, she was senior director of a social enterprise focused on getting new books to kids living in under-resourced communities. She is passionate about educational equity, economic empowerment, books, comfort food, theatre arts, photography and experiencing the world.
Kesha’s project: Engage community members, literacy social services agencies and other stakeholders in a campaign that connects parents and adult learners with evidence-based reading tips in public spaces.
Jaclyn is the director of alumni leadership at Teach For America and has worked as a classroom teacher and director of community engagement at Lighthouse Academies Public Charter School in Washington D.C. and with the D.C. Public Schools Office of Human Capital. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and journalism from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in elementary education and public policy from the University of Missouri.
Jaclyn’s project: Elevate teacher voices and ensure broad representation in the D.C. education policy landscape through the creation of a database for teachers to access current education policy bills and a student ambassador program to connect classrooms with legislators.
None of our work would be possible without the generous donations that our most committed supporters provide to power the whole network.
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|Net Assets (Deficiency)|
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We all have a place at the campfire. The work that 50CAN does is part of a larger mosaic of dedicated organizations that work toward the most equitable school systems in the world. We’re proud to partner with the following organizations:
- America Succeeds
- Black Alliance for Educational Options
- Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
- Education Post
- The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
- Hispanic CREO
- National Association of Charter School Authorizers
- National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
- New America
- PIE Network
- Teach For America
- The 74 Million
- 21st Century Partnership
- American Federation for Children
- Ambitious Work
- Atlanta Families
- Book ATL
- Excellence in Education
- Georgia Chamber of Commerce
- Georgia Charter School Association
- Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
- Georgia Early Education (GEERS)
- KIPP Ways Academy
- Lilly Foundation for Change
- Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
- Mocha Moms of DeKalb County
- One Atlanta
- Teach For America Metro Atlanta
- Voices for Georgia's Children
- Academy for Urban Leadership Charter High School
- Advocates for Children of New Jersey
- Better Education for Kids
- BRICK Schools in Newark
- Camden Catholic Schools Partnership
- Camden City School District
- Camden Community Charter School
- Cooper Foundation
- Democrats for Education Reform
- Garden State Coalition of Schools
- Great Oaks Charter School
- KIPP New Jersey
- Lady Liberty Charter School
- Leadership for Educational Equity
- M.E.T.S. Charter School
- Marion P Thomas school
- Mastery Charter School Network - Camden
- Millville Public Charter School
- National Council of La Raza
- New Jersey ASCD
- New Jersey Black Alliance for Educational Options
- New Jersey Business and Industry Association
- New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
- New Jersey Charter School Association
- New Jersey Council of County Colleges
- New Jersey PTA
- New Jersey School Boards Association
- Newark Charter School Fund
- Newark Legacy Charter School
- Newark Public Schools
- NJ Principals and Supervisors Association
- NJ Superintendents Association
- Parent Coalition for Excellent Education (PC2E)
- Parents for Great Camden Schools
- Partnership for Educational Justice
- People's Prep Charter School
- Pre-K Our Way
- Queen City Academy Charter School
- Robert Treat Academy
- Teach For America
- Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School
- Uncommon Schools
- University Heights Charter School
- Vineland Public Charter School
- Baltimore City Schools
- Baltimore Community Foundation
- Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
- Baltimore's Promise
- Empowerment Academy
- Faith Leaders for Excellent Schools
- Fund for Educational Excellence
- KIPP Baltimore
- Maryland Alliance of Public Charter Schools
- Patterson Park Public Charter School
- Ruth and Norman Rales Foundation
- Teach For America
- American Federation for Children
- Best NC
- Charter USA
- Education Alliance
- NC Charter School Alliance
- NC Institute of Political Leadership
- Parents for Educational Freedom NC
- Profound Gentlemen
- Teach For America—Piedmont Triad
- American Enterprise Institute
- California Charter Schools Association
- Colorado Charter Schools Association
- Donnell Kaye Foundation
- Ed Pioneers
- Education Council
- Families for Excellent Schools
- Leadership for Educational Equity
- National Alliance of Public Charter Schools
- New York School Boards Association
- PIE Network
- Robins Foundation
- Success Academy
- Teach For America
- Yale School of Management
- A Plus Schools
- City Charter High School
- Propel Schools
- Urban Academy Charter School of Greater Pittsburgh
- Manchester Academic Charter School
- Spectrum Charter School
- Environmental Charter School
- Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners
- Philadelphia School Partnership
- Achievement First
- Blackstone Valley Prep
- Highlander Institute
- League of Charter Schools
- Office of Innovation, Rhode Island Department of Education
- Providence Public School District
- Rhode Island Mayoral Academies
- Teach For America
- Foundation for Excellence in Education
- Palmetto Promise
- Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina
- American Federation for Children
- Campaign for School Equity
- Jubilee Schools
- Stand For Children
- Tennessee Charter Center
- Tennessee SCORE
2016 was a year of change, growth and hope for the future of all our students. If you are as excited about the journey ahead as we are, we want to talk about how we can travel the path together. You can reach us on the web at 50CAN.org, on Twitter and Instagram @FiftyCAN and on Facebook @50CAN.