Our Philosophy & Mission

Our philosophy is that America’s young people need educators who can do more than raise test scores; they need leaders who spark student learning by creating schools in which everyone has voice, value and visibility. We also believe our democracy needs individuals with more than a vague awareness of the First Amendment’s five freedoms (religion, speech, press, assembly and petition); it needs a new generation of citizens who utilize those rights in order to follow their consciences, speak out for justice and organize for change.

Our mission is to equip K-12 educators with an actionable framework for democratic leadership that helps their schools become more healthy, high-functioning environments in which to work and learn.