National Opportunity to Learn Network

Schott’s Opportunity to Learn Network (OTL) unites a nationwide coalition of Schott grantees and allied organizations working to secure a high quality public education for all students.

By creating a space to highlight and celebrate grassroots organizing, share success stories and provide resources, OTL strives to create real and substantial change in our public education system. OTL advocates for supports­-based education reform, one that provides all students with access to crucial resources and opportunities such as early education, wraparound supports, fair school discipline, well­-supported teachers, and equitable school funding. To support our network of advocates and organizers, OTL provides regular updates on current grantee campaigns, publishes policy guides, infographics and other resources, and hosts summits and other network building events, all of which can be found below.

The Latest from the OTL Network

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Sunday May 23, 2010 –

Andrew Gillum, City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem of Tallahassee, Florida, discusses the inequities of property tax-based education funding and the fact that every child no matter where they are born deserves the same opportunity.

 

 

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Friday April 23, 2010 –

Albert Sykes and Marquis Lowe of the Young People's Project in Jackson, Mississippi, talk about organizing and self-educating youth in schools in order to not only ensure successful students, but to lay the foundation for a cohesive community outside school.

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Friday April 23, 2010 –

Leah Webb, an organizer with Citizen Action of New York, reminds us that an important way for us to pull ourselves out of a recession is to invest in education.

 

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Friday April 23, 2010 –

Dylan Torres, of Jóvenes Unidos in Denver, Colorado, reminds us of the potentially huge impact that immigrant youth and students could have, and the importance of organizing them. 

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Friday April 23, 2010 –

Zakita Royster, organizer with the Philadelphia Student Union, asks why students and teachers - but not principals, administrators, police, or policymakers - are the only ones "held accountable."

 

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Friday April 23, 2010 –

Sabita Ramsaran is a Youth Organizer for Desis Rising Up and Moving NYC. Ramsaran describes the increasing militarization of public schools in New York City, in particular Hillcrest High School in Queens.

 

 

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Friday April 23, 2010 –

Carlos Loumiet is a Partner at Hunton & Williams LLP and Board Chair of the New America Alliance. Loumiet discusses the role technology can play in ensuring an opportunity to learn for all students.

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Friday April 23, 2010 –

Greg Jobin-Leeds, Co-Founder and Chair of the Schott Foundation, discusses the need for teacher autonomy - and the need for policymakers to be held accountable as well.  

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Friday April 23, 2010 –

Gail Christopher, VP for Programs at the W.K. Kellog Foundation, discusses her organization's role in effecting change in education policy, and confronting our nation's history of racial conflict.

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Friday April 23, 2010 –

Russlyn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the US Department of Education, discusses the crucial role data plays in examining the achievement gap - and fixing it.

 

 

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