New technology employed by an advocacy group aims to include parents in the education process.
Stand for Children is an independent organization that works with parents to engage them around advocacy and how to build better public schools in Chicago, and statewide.
The organization held a series of telephone town halls this year to reach parents across the city.
“Through three calls, we called 70,000 people. It’s a technology that allows you to call somebody and have them opt into the call,” said Stand for Children Illinois’ Communications Director Mary McClelland. “It’s a fun tool for us to engage people in a new way in Chicago.”
This is how it works:
The phone rings. You pick it up. The recording says that Stand for Children is holding a town hall meeting right now. It allows you to stay on the line and join the conference call of a panel of speakers, including parents from the community, Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, and community leaders.