It’s Time to Celebrate National School Choice Week

Every January we celebrate National School Choice Week (#SCW), but this year is bound to be one of the biggest celebrations yet! With over 11,000 events already scheduled, thousands of educators, community members, government representatives and many more will spend the week shining a spotlight on the need for effective education options for ALL students. From open houses, fireside chats and informal meetings, there’s bound to be a free event near you! There’s even an official School Choice Week dance that I’m still working on mastering.

Also, make sure you check out the capital city rallies that Getting Smart Advocacy Partner Connections Education is hosting around the nation. There will be parent and student speakers that have been impacted by School Choice ready to tell there story and its a great way to get out into your community and get involved!

National School Choice Week isn’t just about organizations and groups. It’s about you! And any school-choice-themed activity can be an event. You can…

  • Talk about school choice at your workplace during a “brown bag lunch” roundtable.
  • Host a school choice potluck dinner, pizza party, coffee meet-up, or happy hour and invite your friends and family; wear your National School Choice Week scarves to stand out!
  • Screen an education reform-related movie.
  • Host a press conference, a special meeting, or a conference call with school choice supporters in your area.

For more event tips, visit

Thinking about hosting an event of your own? It’s not too late! Visit to post your event. There is no cost to plan or host! By posting your event, you can still keep certain details private and you aren’t required to invite the public.

As part of this mission, we know it’s important to find ways to empower parents when selecting the best educational environments for their children – from great traditional public schools to magnet schools, public charter schools, private schools, online learning and homeschooling. Nat’l School Choice Week helped fuel our recently launched Smart Parents project, a guide written for parents, by parents. If you’re already empowering your student’s learning, we’d love to share your story!

What are you doing to get involved next week?

Jessica Slusser

Jessica is the Senior Director of Impact at Getting Smart. She leads business development and growth of advocacy campaigns, advisory services, product development, marketing, and Getting Smart's blog. As part of her role, Jessica also oversees team events, conferences, and speaking engagements.

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