Celebrate Choice: January 22-28, 2017

January 13, 2017

Coalition Blog

Celebrate Choice: January 22-28, 2017


Held every January, National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort designed to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child. Supporters of school choice will come together for a breakfast at the Idaho State Capitol to kick off School Choice Week in the state on Monday, January 23.


At 9:00 am, parents, students, teachers, principals from nearly every school option will come together to celebrate school choice. Leaders in the school choice movement will come together to forecast goals for next year and celebrate the opportunities already available to Idaho students.

The goal of the event is to demonstrate unprecedented support school choice in the Gem State. The Idaho kick-off is timed to coincide with National School Choice Week (January 22-28, 2017), which will feature more than 20,000 events across the country.

“Our kick-off breakfast at the capitol will spotlight school choice as we begin a new year full of new opportunities,” said  Briana LeClaire of the Idaho Federation of Independent Schools. “We expect a great dialogue between those who support and advocate for greater access to opportunity for every student to take place.”

The Coalition of Idaho Charter School Families, the which created the event over 13 yearsand largest organized group supporting school choice in Idaho will be supporting this event. Event planners consist of a large coalition of school choice supporters including The Coalition, Bluum, Idaho Charter School Network, Northwest Professional Educators, Idaho Federation of Independent Schools, and many public and private schools across the state.

 If you or your students would like to be involved in our Capitol Day Celebration, you can contact Suzanne at 208-336-8400 or SIGN UP ONLINE


January 23 – Highlight of Events
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – School Choice Table Top Displays (snacks provided)
9:00 AM – Kickoff Breakfast, Opening Remarks from Lisa Graham Keegan, ICSN Facebook Live – Interviews with Teachers, Students & Parents
12:30-1:30 PM – National School Choice Week Tweet Up (via Twitter)
1:00-1:30 PM – Facebook Live of School Choice Celebration at an Idaho School
3:30 PM –  Facebook Live -Pre-Screening footage of the film Most Likely To Succeed




Schedule a Capitol Tour

We’d love to see schools of choice fill the Capitol tour docket for the week of January 23-27th. Capitol tours are a great way to engage your students in learning about the processes of government. Make sure to reach out to your local legislator to arrange a meeting for your students to get their own questions answered while you’re at the Capitol. And don’t forget to bring your yellow School Choice Week scarves! Scheduling information can be found here.

Plan a Celebration at Your School

Schools have a great set of resources for celebrating School Choice Week in their schools. Schools can host an event, organize writing letters to the editor, share school choice success stories, or show off their dance moves with the 2017 Offical School Choice Week Dance! Watch the video to start learning the moves here.

In whatever way you decide to celebrate School Choice Week, we’d love to hear about it, so send us an email with your plans! Contact Jane at 208-859-9656 or jane@wittmeyerassociates.com