At the Chicago Board of Education meeting held yesterday, two Stand parents spoke about their experiences with Stand University for Parents and their ensuing work on their respective Local School Councils. Tanshelda Amos and Marlon Gosa spoke about their experiences at Stand UP and their LSC experiences at Sherman School of Excellence.
Tanshelda highlighted her dream for her children: to see them graduate high school and college. To support making that dream a reality, she said, she turned to Stand and was part of the first Stand UP graduating class in 2012.
Since graduating from Stand UP, Tanshelda said, “I have advocated for high quality schools; helped to elect education champions; and served as a voice in making our schools the best they can be.
“At first, I was very reluctant (to run for LSC) because I had never done anything like this before,” she added. Stand helped me understand why it was important that I serve my child’s school and community on the LSC.” Now, Tanshelda is the Chair of her LSC.
Marlon graduated from Stand UP in the fall of 2012 and saw a number of doors open to increase his advocacy experiences.
“I have had meetings with both City and State elected officials to voice my concerns about the need for additional resources for schools in our communities,” he said. “I have interviewed and endorsed political candidates running for both city and state-wide office. I have knocked on hundreds of doors and campaigned for education champions; attended education funding rallies; and spoken at CPS Board Meetings.”
Not only that, but Marlon first ran for LSC in 2014. He has served as both Chair and Vice Chair of his LSC and recently ran a successful campaign for another term.
“Serving on the LSC has given me the opportunity to work closely with my children’s principal and teachers to get a better understanding of the inner workings of the school,” Marlon said. “I also get to network with parents to encourage stronger and more supportive relationships with the school.”
Marlon and Tanshelda represented the 56 Stand members who were elected to LSCs across Chicago. Stand’s members care about their communities and want to have a seat at the table to make their schools the best they can be.
As Marlon closed his presentation to the Board, “I am a VIP – Very Involved Parent, who refuses to sit on the sidelines and say or do nothing.”
That’s the power of Stand members.