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Tacoma School Board Candidate Forum


I’m as guilty as everyone else. I jump to conclusions, I watch reality TV, and yes, I’ve even eaten dessert first sometimes. Thankfully, life has a way of teaching us lessons; creating opportunities to re-think and re-learn bad habits.

Why I Stand: Terrance McGehee


Terrance McGehee is not only part of the movement to improve education for all our kids -- he's helping to lead it. As a member of Stand for Children in Tacoma and a father of four, Terrance has spoken at school board meetings, sat down with legislators and empowered fellow parents.

Watch this powerful video to learn why Terrance stands for children. It's the best thing you'll see all day.

Is there a better or more important job in the world? Heck no.


In a week and a half, I’m leaving my role at Stand for Children and beloved hometown of Tacoma, Washington to enter the classroom as a ninth grade teacher in Denver, Colorado.

The past month or so I’ve been regularly questioned by friends, family, and partners about this career change. “Aren’t you doing this backwards, Monique? Why teaching, and why now?”

Thinking outside the classroom

Anne Grant-Anderson always had a bent for policy and government affairs. So it wasn’t a complete surprise when she pursued a policy career after serving as a teacher in Washington State. With a UW undergraduate degree in political science, a UW Master’s in Teaching, and several years of teaching experience under her belt, she found that she was prepared to lead difficult conversations with community members and to gain the trust of fellow teachers.

Teaching for the "Yes I can" Moments


Before she worked in education policy, Parasa Chanramy was a kindergarten teacher at a K-8 charter school in North Minneapolis.

I loved teaching kindergarteners because they always speak their mind and ask “why.”

"Yes I can!" Moments

One of my favorite parts of teaching would have to be witnessing my students experience their “Yes I can” moments.

Win a gift for your favorite teacher!


If you could thank one teacher who made a lasting difference in your life, what would you say?

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Stand for Children is sending a gift to a few of its members' favorite teachers.

To enter, all you have to do is write a Thank You note on our Facebook wall! Be sure to include the teacher's name, school and city.

Three Thank You notes will be selected. And three amazing teachers will recieve an appreciation gift!

Don't miss out on National Teacher Appreciation Day


Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day! And Week!

National Teacher Appreciation Day is always the Tuesday of National Appreciation Week, which takes place in the first full week of May.

This is a time to honor teachers and recognize their lasting contributions to our lives and the lives of our children. If you are still in contact with your teachers, today is a perfect opporunity to send them a short note of thanks.

Changing the Odds: Fight for more than just modest education reforms


Mallory Smith is the Chief Operating Officer at Read more about Mallory on LinkedIn.

Last week I had the pleasure of attending an event called “Changing the Odds with Geoffrey Canada,” hosted by Stand for Children. The luncheon raised contributions for Stand for Children Washington, but ultimately inspired us all to want to dedicate our time and raise our voices for better education everywhere.

Take A Stand: A Poem by Geoffrey Canada


When Stand for Children first opened its doors in 1996, our friend and education advocate Geoffrey Canada wrote a poem for us.

17 years later, he recited it at our Changing the Odds lunch, reminding everyone in the room with his powerful words why Mr. Canada is such a respected educator and inspirational leader.

We hope your find his message as affirming and full of hope as we did.

Here's how it goes:

5 reasons I can't wait to meet my personal hero, Geoffrey Canada


Stand for Children is thrilled to welcome Geoffrey Canada to Seattle for our Changing the Odds Lunch on Friday, April 26.

Geoffrey Canada is a father, educator and leader with big dreams and a fierce commitment to fixing public schools.

Register for our Changing the Odds Lunch for a chance to hear from Geoffrey Canada.