There is nothing worse than “winning” your advocacy campaign only to discover the changes you secured don’t solve the problem that you care so much about. That’s why it is so important to take the time to develop a clear vision of the destination before beginning your advocacy journey.
This year, each of the local teams within the 50CAN network took up the challenge of creating local visions for the public education system of tomorrow. To do so they took stock of the progress made in the past decade, spoke with hundreds of students, teachers, parents and concerned citizens, and created detailed maps of all the educational choices students should have from birth through graduation day.
We have brought together all the vision guides from across our network in one place. We hope this project inspires you like it has inspired us—to forge ahead in our journey to these compelling destinations in the advocacy campaigns to come. We hope you’ll take some time to consider your own educational journey, as well, using this worksheet inspired by the travel brochures.
The activity is a great way to connect with classmates, colleagues, friends, students and community partners. You can fill it out according to your actual journey from pre-K to career—or reimagine the possibilities with only your creativity as the limit.
Click on the state names below to read the full vision guides! If you’d like your own physical copy of a state’s brochure, let us know by email.