Dear Schoolzilla community,
I sent this out to our partner organizations today via email to thank you for the inspiration you’ve given me. If you feel so inclined, please post your own thoughts, ideas, and ways in which you choose to take action by replying here!
So many of you in the Schoolzilla community have stepped up in the past two weeks to use time, money, compassion, and the power of the podium to support our educators, our students, and their families who have been battered by hurricanes and the proposed end of DACA. Among the first actions I saw: Michael and Susan Dell put millions from their foundation into a challenge fund, Rebuild TX, Sunnyside Unified’s Steve Holmes joined Arizona Superintendents in a letter against rescission of DACA, Rocky Mountain Prep’s leader, James Cryan wrote this Op-ed, sharing the impact that ending DACA would have on their schools, and the leadership at my own children’s school district, Alameda Unified, wrote a comforting public statement to our community.
I am grateful as a human, and inspired as a leader. Thank you.
I had felt horrified by what has been happening, but also paralyzed. Your actions helped me start moving. Here are the small actions I took aligned with my values:
- Time: I re-tweeted things you all wrote about DACA that resonated with me, and I followed-up on one of the “take action” ideas from this article.
- Money: I donated to Houston classrooms via donorschoose.org
- Compassion: I reached out to people with loved ones in the path of the hurricanes in Houston, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Florida.
- Podium: I’m sending this letter to you all and inviting you to join my team on the Data Champion hub where we have started a conversation. I also created a new paid volunteering policy for our organization to make it easier for Zillas to donate their time.
I hope the stories here and on the Hub help you take action to support others too.