A Note from the Chair
I've been a member of IMEC for a very long time. In fact, I can hardly remember a time without IMEC in my life. As the saying goes, “It’s been the best of times; it's been the worst of times." Mostly, it’s been the best of times. We work hard at what we do, we care about our children and families, we struggle with difficult issues, and we come together to do the best we can under sometimes difficult situations.
But, is it enough?
A few years ago, I heard a speaker at a migrant conference say "Education is a social contract we make with children that life will be better.” Unfortunately, second and third generation migrant children don’t buy it. Our students need to have a future orientation. They must be able to look forward to a better life, and more importantly, to know that education is the way to that better life.
How does this thinking influence the way we do our work? The world our children are facing is very different than the world we knew in our formative years and continues to change so rapidly that we can hardly keep up. We are fortunate in many ways. It appears to me that we will become even more important in the national conversation as the years roll on.
I wish I could tell you that all our wishes and dreams will come true. I am a half-full girl, but even I don't believe that story. But what I do know is we have the heart and the will for this work. Thank you for your confidence in me. I will do my best to always serve you and IMEC to the best of my ability. Last, but certainly not least, thanks to all of you for your tireless dedication to our children and their families.
We must keep the faith and heart for the work we do. If not us - then who?
Pat Hayes, Chair
Next IMEC Meeting:
Wednesday, June 26th - Friday, June 28th, 2013
Embassy Suites - Downtown