National Movement Dedicated to Saving, Rethinking, and Transforming Public Schools
(adopted January 29th, 2012 by the SOS Steering Committee)
SOS Education Convention
What: First-ever gathering of a wide-range of representatives from educational, parent, and student organizations.
When: August 3-5, 2012 (Friday afternoon to Sunday morning)
People attending the Convention will only have to stay Friday & Saturday nights.
Where: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Purpose: Develop the “PEOPLE’S PLATFORM for PUBLIC EDUCATION” This Platform will represent how educators, parents, and students believe public education should be in America.
Issues for Planks (not finalized as of this date)
1. Poverty (including anti-poverty program)
2. Civil Rights (including ELL, immigration)
3. Standards (including Common Core, impact of standards on practice) 4. Equitable Funding
5. Student Assessments
6. Teacher Evaluations and Teacher Professionalism
7. School Accountability
8. Parent and Community Involvement
9. Curriculum Development (including the arts & physical education)
Charter Schools (including vouchers & privatization)
Campaign underway to promote the People’s Platform for Public
National Conversation about the Platform Planks conducted prior to the
Convention using the SOS website, Twitter, Facebook, and other social
Draft of each Platform Plank developed prior to the Convention through
Platform Planks discussed during the Delegate Meetings held at the
Convention and finalized for approval by the General Assembly on
Saturday, August 4th.
o Participants at the Convention will serve as Delegates.
Signing Event at the General Assembly held on Sunday morning, August
Platform delivered and presented at the Republican Convention the week
of August 27th in Tampa, Florida and the Democratic Convention the week
of September 3rd at Charlotte, North Carolina.
Platform Planks used throughout the United States as “rallying points” for
needed action to strengthen public education.
Convention Schedule at the Marriott Wardman
Friday, August 3rd
o 1:00-3:00 pm Registration
o 3:00-5:00 pm Delegate Meetings*/Workshops
o 5:00-7:00 pm DINNER (on your own)
o 7:00-8:30 pm General Assembly w/keynote speaker
Saturday, August 4th
o 8:30 am-12:00 noon
General Assembly w/keynote speaker
o 12:00 noon – 1:30 LUNCH w/keynote speaker
o 1:30-3:30 pm Delegate Meetings*/Workshops
o 3:30-4:00 pm AFFTERNOON SNACK
o 4:00-5:00 pm General Assembly w/keynote speaker
7:00 DINNER w/keynote speaker
- Platform Approval
- General Assembly w/keynote speaker
Sunday, August 5th
o 9:00-10:00 am SIGNING EVENT (attendance optional)
o 10:30-12:30 pm Steering Committee Reflection & Follow-Up
*Participants at the Convention will serve as delegates.
- Friday, August 3rd