To me, there’s nothing more exciting than a new chapter. Throughout my life I have been able to pursue different opportunities, from moving across the country to become a second grade teacher in California to knocking on doors as a community organizer for statewide educational equity issues. So when the chance came to launch an education movement in my own hometown, I leapt at the opportunity.

In late 2015 and into 2016, I began building the foundations for an organizing group that would transform the power of parents into meaningful education changes in Miami-Dade, the country’s fourth largest school district and the one that raised me.

I worked with community leaders who would share strategic advice and serve as champions and ambassadors of this new vision. I set out on a listening tour to identify the needs of the parents in my community, so that they could help shape this new organization into the most meaningful, impactful group it could be. I came to 50CAN for their robust national support and experience in making real systemic change all throughout Miami.

After years of hard work, P.S. 305 was launched in 2017 as an organization that informs, organizes and empowers leaders that fight for a rigorous system of quality, choice and accountability across all of Miami’s schools.

I’m excited for the opportunity to spotlight our local expertise in community organizing and develop an ecosystem for advocacy where countless parents are empowered to serve as citizen advocates and fight for the rights of their children.

I hope you will follow along on this journey. Stay up to date on our work by signing up for our emails and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Yannell Selman is the founder and executive director of P.S. 305, an affiliate of 50CAN. She lives in Miami, Florida.

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