Guest post by Judy Peppler, former president and CEO of KnowledgeWorks
All means all at KnowledgeWorks. Our vision calls for all students to experience meaningful personalized learning that enables them to thrive in college, career and civic life. We believe in an America that embraces all our children, their endless potential and the future gifts they will give to our great nation.
We stand with the Dreamers. We stand with the children who struggle with English as a second language and those who easily master quadratic functions. We stand with the children who eat free lunch at school and those who bring a full lunch box from home. We stand with the children who navigate the halls in wheelchairs and those who look for the approving eyes of a caring adult. We stand with children as they discover their identities, passions, refine their life’s goals and reach for the stars. We stand with all children, proudly, unconditionally and unapologetically.
When KnowledgeWorks was founded, it wasn’t to improve educational opportunities for the privileged few. We worked to expand opportunities for learners in underperforming schools; for students from underserved communities, first generation college-goers and English language learners to have the opportunity to experience college through early college high schools; for students who deserve a learning experience tailored to their personal needs, goals and dreams. We were founded to serve all students.
Ending DACA is destructive to our nation. Pulling threads out of a quilt weakens its fabric and structure; it compromises its ability to generate warmth, to protect, and to nurture. Pulling friends, family and neighbors out of our communities weakens our connections, diminishes our vibrancy and damages the very thing that makes our country great: our diversity.
Because all means all, we stand with all the teachers and school leaders working to bring a quality education to students so that their dreams for a better future can become a reality. We stand by all children, and we stand with the Dreamers.