Children's Advocate & Co-Founder of Stand for Children
Jonah Edelman is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stand for Children, the nation’s most influential political voice for students and a catalyst last year in the passage of key laws to improve public schools in six states (Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Washington). Edelman’s personal stand for children began during college, when he taught a six year-old bilingual child to read. Having discovered his passion, he went on to found a mentorship program for middle school students and then served as an administrator of an enrichment program for children living in public housing, Leadership Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP). Read More >
APB Presents: Jonah Edelman
What We Can Do to Improve Public Education
In this workshop, leading national child advocate Jonah Edelman will provide a compelling overview of the basics of effective advocacy for children. The workshop will include powerful concepts and approaches that will help you build a stronger constituency for children, identify winnable issues to work on, develop practical solutions, communicate highly effectively about them, and, finally, how to develop effective strategies for winning decision makers' support for your solutions. Don't miss this chance to learn how to build your advocacy skills.
Public schools are at a crossroads. Students need better preparation than ever to compete in the global economy. The federal government is imposing higher standards than ever before. In the context of declining financial resources, how can public schools possibly deliver the product that students urgently need and the public expects? Stand for Children Executive Director Jonah Edelman will share a provocative and practical perspective.
"Jonah called me before the meeting to make sure he would speak on a level the audience would like. He did not want to bore them or speak down to them. He did a wonderful job. Sometimes some members of the audience leave after the speech. Hardly anyone left. They stayed for every question. Several came up and talked with him after the meeting. He said he would love to come again to Madison. I was extremely happy with having him as our speaker and getting to know something about him."
"Jonah did an outstanding job! Thank you! The conference was a huge success! In fact, we just received notification that Inasmuch Foundation, which happens to be one of our most influential community foundations, has decided to fund our planning efforts for a dental program in central Oklahoma. The dental program that Jonah presented was part of their decision-making process for encouraging planning efforts in this community around the issue of dental health. Great job!"