It’s that time of year again! The Jacksonville Public Education is holding the Fourth Annual ONE by ONE Convention on January 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lexington Hotel and Conference Center. Nearly 500 public education advocates will gather for a day filled with new information and lots of discussion around moving public education in the right direction! Let’s take a close look at the state of our schools and work together to create a plan of action moving forward. The theme for this year’s convention is “Unlocking the Potential of Every Child: Equity in Education.”
Apply today! Make sure to secure your spot as seating is limited. We are encouraging high school and college students to volunteer for this event. We will need help greeting and registering guest, setting and cleaning up event rooms, and preparing bags for guests. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer at this year’s convention, please contact Joan Leslie at Joan@jaxpef.org or 904-356-2194.
ONE by ONE is an initiative of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, launched in 2011 with a photography exhibit lifting the faces and stories of 20 current and former public school students who all faced great obstacles to obtaining an education. The exhibit sparked a sense of urgency to improve public education, motivating citizens from all over the city to get involved in a process to identify the top priorities of the community for their public schools, and then rally citizens to take action on those priorities. The initiative generated enough interest to hold 169 small group conversations with nearly 1,700 people to elicit their aspirations for public education in Duval County. Hundreds more volunteered with the campaign. The citizens of Duval County spoke with ONE voice about their priorities for public education on January 5, 2013, when 170 people from every part of the city gathered for the first ONE by ONE Convention.
Working together, the delegates voted on the top four priorities that emerged from the conversations held the year before: Policy & Political Reform, Family & Caregiver Involvement, Whole Child, Great Educators & Leaders.
Since then, annual conventions have focused on measuring progress and pushing for greater action around priorities — all while connecting and activating public education advocates together to increase their impact. To see recaps of past conventions and learn more about the event, go to jaxpef.org/convention.