Welcoming Parents to the State Standards Conversation: Interview with Ranjini Govender, Stand for Children Massachusetts

Unless they’re working in education, chances are parents today don’t have much time to research educational initiatives like Common Core, and don’t think there’s much they can do to change the way their children are being taught in the classroom.

Stand for Children hopes to change that. The education advocacy group works with parents to get them more involved in their children’s education at the school, district, and state level. To find out what Stand for Children does and how they communicate things like Common Core to parents (and what they communicate), we spoke with Ranjini Govender, executive director of Stand for Children Massachusetts.

Interviewed by Jake Murray of the Boston University School of Education, Ranjini shares her role in communicating state standards, the public’s misconceptions about Common Core, and her own perspective on why forming high standards is important.

Read (and listen to) the rest of our “Demystifying Common Core” series:

Common Core Revisions: What Are States Really Changing?

6 Crucial Facts You Should Know About Common Core

State of Education: Interview with TeachPlus Teachers About Common Core

Why Teachers Should Take the Lead on Implementing New Educational Standards

Employers Think Applicants Lack Real World Job Skills, According to New Poll Conducted by the MBAE

Or listen to the full podcast series on SoundCloud or iTunes

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren

A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.