Colorado Cyberschools Day at the Capitol 2011: Did Anyone See Me There?

Last Thursday a couple of my Education Policy Center friends took part in the Colorado Coalition of Cyberschool Families Day at the Capitol event. Although a bit cold and windy in Denver, it was a great time to see hundreds of students, parents and teachers show up and make a statement about what public school choice and virtual learning means to them.

The day’s proceedings began indoors down the street from the Capitol, as students had the opportunity to work with teachers on fun projects and parents could listen to some informative presentations. One of the first speakers of the day was our own Ben DeGrow, who shared with the audience Colorado’s background with public school choice, how parents can help make school choice “work” and some of the parent-friendly resources from the Education Policy Center. Including, I’m told, this little blog of mine. Thanks for the plug!

Later everyone marched down to the west steps of the State Capitol for a rally with speeches from cyberschool parents, students and leaders, as well as a couple legislators, along with award presentations to some deserving online students. And then to top it all off, a great lunch! Special thanks go to Coalition president Lori Cooney (pictured speaking) and Colorado Cyberschool Association president Judith Stokes for putting together a fine event.

I have a sneaking little suspicion this isn’t the last you’ll see me tell you about the Cyberschool event. But in the meantime, here are some more pictures that the Coalition has posted. Looks like fun times in Denver. I wonder if anyone “saw” me there.