An update from Nancy Flanagan, PLP Community Leader and one of the organizers of Facebook’s Teachers’ Letters to Obama:

Here is your link to the virtual Roundtable, TONIGHT, hosted by Teachers’ Letters to Obama (TLO). We are looking forward to a great dialogue and hearing from some wonderful teacher guests, discussing their experiences with public schools that work with our poorest children: Chuck Olynyk (whose school in Los Angeles was reconstituted); a group of teachers from Detroit Public Schools who were “invited” to start a teacher-led school as a transformation model; Nikki Barnes, a National Board Certified Teacher whose career has led her from a policy job at the NEA to teaching in a KIPP charter school; and Sabrina Stevens Shupe, author of Failing Schools blog, and the kind of teacher that the US Department of Education says that we need most right now.

The meeting is TONIGHTTuesday, August 31 at 8:30 p.m. EDT (7:30 CDT/6:30 MDT/5:30 PDT). Please log in to the meeting room between 8:15 and 8:30 EDT–no more than 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. The Roundtable will last about 90 minutes. We are limited to 100 seats for the meeting, but we still have a few seats available, so feel free to urge interested friends, policymakers or parents to register @

Our thanks to Powerful Learning Practice for letting us use their Elluminate virtual meeting system. You will not be using the phone tonight. Once you click on the link below, you will be taken through a series of screens. If asked to download a bit of Java script to give you access to the platform, click “OK” or “run.” Please log in using your first and last name. Once you have reached the Elluminate platform, other TLO members will greet you and give you further guidance in using the platform tools.

Before you log in, make sure your speakers are turned on. If you wish to speak, you’ll also need a microphone (either an external mic or the one built in to your laptop). You can still see and hear everything without a microphone, and participate by typing into the chat box.

Thanks for being part of this exciting, grass-roots effort to elevate the voices of teachers!

The link to Tuesday’s meeting:

**You may need to copy and paste the link into your browser.**

Don’t forget to check the TLO Facebook page regularly for updates and resources!

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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.

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