The heart of 50CAN’s model is recruiting and supporting local leaders who build citizen movements in their states to ensure that every child has access to a great public school.
We already have four amazing leaders running four campaigns for reform in Maryland, Minnesota, New York and Rhode Island. And now we have another extraordinary leader who will join their ranks as the head of the newest CAN in the 50CAN network.
Like his fellow executive directors, Jonathan stands out as an exceptional leader who has dedicated his career to improving the public schools in his state. This passion for expanding opportunities for Pennsylvania students to achieve their dreams led him from the classroom as a Teach For America corps member at Morrison Elementary School in Philadelphia to a grassroots campaign to bring more funds to under resourced districts through Good Schools Pennsylvania to his work to grow the amazing network of KIPP schools in Philadelphia in his role as their director of strategic initiatives.
Under Jonathan’s leadership, PennCAN will join together with a powerful group of committed education reform organizations across Pennsylvania to make the most of the big opportunities this year in the Keystone state to secure big changes for kids.
This year PennCAN is advocating for three policies to help give every Pennsylvania child access to a great public school: 1) Expand high-quality choices, 2) Measure teacher effectiveness and 3) Start smart.
Under the current teacher evaluation system, Pennsylvania teachers only get a quick observation and either a "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" check mark. So there is no way to identify and reward teachers that are helping students succeed or help the ones in need of extra support. Our newest issue brief, Measuring Teacher Effectiveness, pinpoints ways to improve Pennsylvania's current teacher evaluation system to better serve kids and the educators who teach them.
Every Pennsylvania family deserves access to a great public school, but too many of our students are trapped in low-performing schools year after year. Our issue brief, Expand High-Quality Choices for Families, looks at ways Pennsylvania can expand high-quality school choices so that all of our students get a chance to achieve.