Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Students for Education Reform (SFER)

I want to tell you all about a great new organization, Students for Education Reform (SFER), that I've been following for the past year. SFER has become huge at Princeton and will be opening chapters at colleges across the country this fall.  I think they have the potential to really energize young people around ed reform and I'm excited to see where they end up.  If you're a college student, please contact Catharine Bellinger, the founder and Executive Director.  Here's an email from her:


SFER's mission is to prepare undergraduates to be leaders in closing the achievement gap. We've had a hugely successful year at Princeton, creating a full-credit education reform seminar, running an ongoing "Charter Fridays" school visit series, and hosting speakers such as Norm Atkins, Jon Schnur, Ryan Hill, Justin Cohen, Jason Kamras (via Skype!), and others.


I'm excited to let you all know about SFER's plans for the upcoming year. We will be expanding our reach by organizing students in 10 cities that are hotspots for reform and giving them the tools they need to spread the reform movement on their campus. Our national organization will assist new chapters with planning school visits, meeting with superintendents and ed reform leaders, bringing speakers to campus, and other activities. 


If you're a college student interested in starting a chapter of SFER, or if you are just interested in learning more, please email me at cbelling@princeton.edu. If you are an ed professional and are interested in supporting us, we are always looking for mentors, advisors, and speakers. Finally, I encourage you to visit our website at www.studentsforedreform.org, 'Like' us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StudentsForEdReform, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/princetonSFER. Whatever your level of interest, we hope you'll join us in helping undergraduates prepare to be leaders in ed reform.

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