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Brandon Hellwig
Associate Director of Organizing


What I Do For Charter Schools
(How Charter Schools Will Know Me)
My job is to increase parent community engagement in our charter schools. I am here to coach and educate parents on how to use their voice on behalf of their school and community to impact positive change. I will be the point person for our new advocacy initiative, the COCAN Leadership Council. Every charter school has their own wants and needs and my role is to support them in discovering these priorities while coaching them on strategies that will give them a voice to affect change. My goal is to help build structures and systems around advocacy so people can be heard and build their power. I believe that a movement including teachers, students, and parents is vital to change taking place locally and at the state level. I will be a convener to other advocacy organizations in the state so we can learn, network, and share best practices, because I truly believe we are stronger together.

On Charter Public Schools

I've had a lot of experience with charter public schools as a teacher, case manager, parent organizer and rugby coach. I love that charter schools provide flexibility and power to the teacher since teachers know their students best and therefore can accommodate their unique needs. When teachers are given trust real learning occurs for all involved. Charter schools have the freedom to be innovative. If something doesn't work well in their charter school, the community holds them accountable and the school can shift gears and try something different. Charter school teachers are the busiest and some of the most passionate people I know. I've met many of my heroes and she-roes in charter schools and look forward to meeting many more through this work.

Background
I come to the League with experience both as a community organizer with Charter Parents United in Chicago and as a teacher with KIPP: Chicago. I taught special education and math to 5th through 8th grade students for four years. I was also a case manager and an assistant rugby coach (for the back-to-back state champions - Go Mountain Lions!). I attended college in Ohio where I received an undergraduate degree in International Studies with a focus on Middle Eastern studies. I later got my master’s degree in Special Education from National Louis University in Chicago. My roots are in Colorado since I grew up in Lakewood. I’ve been actively involved in local parent and family organizing efforts since my return back. When I’m not working at the League, I enjoy meeting amazing people who do incredible things for their communities. I spend as much time as possible enjoying the beautiful state of Colorado with friends, family, and my puppy, Kelbi. 

Contact Information

303-989-5356, ext. 115 | Email Brandon


 

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