I have been trying to learn everything I can about education reform in Colorado, and as I conduct my research, I keep finding myself drawn toward projects that try to fix what’s broken outside the classroom. A child growing up without books or in a struggling or violent neighborhood comes to school with fewer tools and often less support than the child who comes from a safe, comfortable place. If you build up those communities, you put children on the road to being better students even before they hit the classroom. Then, the school reforms everyone is working on have a better chance of being effective.
One of the interesting projects I stumbled upon is the Floodlight Project. As a writer, it is one I will be cheering for. Please read my article published on Yahoo Voices.