Press release - Santa Ana, CA, USA - March 12, 2015
The wrong conversations are taking place about improving public education in America. Some say teachers unions are the main problem while others contend it's the corporate reformers. The source of the problem depends on who you ask, which often results in unhelpful finger pointing. Looking past the superficial debate, there is more common ground, and reason for hope, than one might think. And, in places that might be overlooked.
Randy Barth, former stockbroker and founding CEO of the nonprofit organization, THINK Together, offers a fresh, new perspective on education in lower-income, immigrant communities. Jennifer Delson, former Los Angeles Times reporter, offers subject-matter expertise and compelling storytelling abilities. They have collaborated on a must-read, new book, THINK Together: How You Can Play a Role in Improving Education in America.
In most cities and towns in America, the school district is the largest business and employer, and typically owns the most real estate in town. The quality of schools significantly impacts property values and economic development. Yet, fewer than 20 percent of voters participate in their local school board elections in a presidential election year and less than that in non-presidential election year. The more hopeful news is that everyone can be a part of solving what ails our public schools.
THINK Together, a fusion of business people and educators, works in partnership with more than 300 traditional public schools serving low-income children and families. The outsider-insider perspective Barth gained along the way, supported by data that shows what's working, needs to be heard if we are serious about looking for systemic solutions.
THINK Together, How You Can Play a Role in Improving Education in America, is an inspiring call for reform and includes personal stories, ideas and real-life examples for improving local schools and communities that can be modeled across the country. What's more, it describes Barth and his colleagues' personal and spiritual journey to the frontiers of hope.
For citizens, taxpayers, parents, grandparents, community volunteers, mentors, philanthropists, school board members, teachers, administrators, classified school employees, policy makers, influencers and people of faith, THINK Together is an essential guide to the challenges and opportunities facing America's public schools.
Overwhelmingly positive comments about the book have come from school administrators and education advocates alike.
All proceeds from the sale of THINK Together: How You Can Play a Role in Improving Education in America will go to support THINK Together programs. Visit Amazon to purchase copies of the book. http://thinktogether.org/book/
About THINK Together
THINK Together is a nonprofit organization collaborating with communities, parents and other stakeholders to transform and galvanize the K-12 educational system, creating excellence and equity for all kids. We Teach, Help, Inspire and Nurture Kids to reach their full potential. It has grown into the state's largest provider of Expanded Learning Time programs (early literacy, after-school, summer learning, etc.), currently serving more than 100,000 students at more than 400 locations across 40 school districts from San Diego to Silicon Valley. Partnering with school administrators and teachers, its academic programs and dedicated team of 3,000 employees are helping students statewide. THINK is an acronym: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids. For more information, call (888) 485-THINK, visit our website at www.THINKtogether.org, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/THINKtogether.
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