L.E.A.R.N., the Leaders in Education Advocacy & Reform Network,
is an interdisciplinary organization that seeks to create a forum for graduate students interested in improving the quality of education in America’s schools. We aim to foster dialogue about pressing issues, increase knowledge of and access to career opportunities, and engage students in service opportunities in the field of education law and policy. We accomplish this by harnessing the expertise of today's education experts to empower the education leaders, entrepreneurs, and policymakers of tomorrow.
Our Leadership Team draws from a diverse background and a passionate focus on improving public education.
Our annual conference draws graduate students, educators, educational leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the eastern region to discuss critical topics in ed policy, reform, tech, and more.
We are based at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and draw students from the Wharton School, the Graduate School of Education, and the Fels Institute of Government.
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
L.E.A.R.N.'s activities may be broken up into 4 orientations,
Why Do we Stay? From a U.S. Public Schoolteacher
"Why do we, albeit a few, stay at a school in which we walk around inadequate facilities and unsupportive structures with a resigned indifference that comes from systemic failure?
We stay because we believe teachers should not abandon their students who are already abandoned by so many in our society. We stay because the heartache in the struggle is minor in comparison to the beauty of the children we serve. We stay because we worry for our students' future in a world that assumes they will fail....
...we stay because we have faith that things will get better. We hold on to the belief that one day there will be trust in, and support of, our schools as the basis for a national philosophy about education."