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Who we are

We are a group of parents, students, and educators who are working to ensure critical thinking skills and diversity of thought within K-12 education.  Our mission is to ensure that all schools promote a culture that values and prioritizes true diversity of thought, freedom of discourse, and self-expression.

Parents are wondering how all schools are ensuring diversity of thought. Accreditors have a unique opportunity to shine by becoming leaders in this area. Heads of Schools have been overwhelmed by both the pandemic and perceived pressure to respond to societal issues. School leadership should be focused on running their schools to ensure that their educational environment benefits all their students. Parents Unite believes that our New England accreditors can use their unique position to provide this support and become a model for all schools.

How we do it

Inform

We aim to shed light on regional accreditation organizations and how they shape content and conversations at their member schools.

Connect

We are committed to keeping you updated about this important work and connecting you to our community and helpful resources.

Advocate

We are committed to speaking on behalf of parents, students, and educators to ensure diversity of thought is upheld at all schools.  

 

Our story

Parents Unite began as a group of parents who care deeply about independent schools and are grateful to have been students, parents, volunteers, and Trustees. Collectively we have noticed a common culture shift in many school communities, independent and public alike. This movement was initiated by our desire to ensure our children's voices are valued, and that they are taught how to critically think and engage in civil discourse. We are all deeply committed to the independent school community in New England and we all desire to see the work of Parents Unite impact students and families. 

Executive Director

Ashley Jacobs

Advisory Board 

Alli Achtmeyer

Jean Egan

Chris Egan

Beth Feeley

Senior Advisor, 1776 Unites & President, New Trier Neighbors

David Keating 

Bonnie Snyder, D.Ed. 

Director of High School Outreach, FIRE & Author of Undoctrinate

Our national partners

These organizations have come alongside Parents Unite to help us fulfill our mission. 

"The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity."

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"The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities."

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"1776 Unites represents a nonpartisan and intellectually diverse alliance of writers, thinkers, and activists focused on solutions to our country’s greatest challenges in education, culture, and upward mobility."