Who can become a member of AOC?
Membership is open to anyone believes their faith calls them to work for education justice through hands on partnerships with public schools, collective action, and/or legistlative advocacy. There are three categories of membership.
Individual: Are you a volunteer in a school? An advocate for quality public education? Eager to connect your congregation more deeply with your neighborhood? Join us and participate in our online discussion boards, learn about faith-based school partnerships, and deepen your commitment to public education for all.
Groups/ Organizational: Is your parent-teacher association looking for more support? Your congregation exploring the possibility of partnering with a school?, Your community organization already working with schools? Join us and create an online discussion board specifically for your group, participate in our public discussion boards, learn about church-school community partnerships, and deepen your commitment to public education for all.
Partnership: At All Our Children a “partnership” is a relationship between a named religious congregation (of any religion, tradition, or denomination) and a named public school that is recognized by leaders of both institutions. AOC members that are partnerships can access an online discussion board specifically for your volunteers, the teachers at “your” school, and others, access to all our public discussion boards, and access to members-only tools and materials developed specifically to help your partnership grow and thrive. Member partnerships are also added to our Partnership Map.
Are you only for Episcopalians/ Episcopal churches?
No. We were started by Episcopal congregations and in keeping with our Episcopal roots, we invite any person, congregation, or organization that feels called to work for education equity to join us.
What’s your program about?
We are not a program. All Our Children is a network of individuals, organizations, and congregations that believe our faith calls us to champion every child’s right to quality public education. We do this by promoting, nurturing, and supporting faith-rooted community partnerships with public schools. These partnerships differ from one another, and their activities grow out of their local contexts. We offer guidance on best-practices for these partnerships, but we don’t prescribe to one method or program.
What about the separation of Church and State?
Within very clear boundaries schools are allowed to work with religious organizations. Church-school partnerships cannot offer programs that proselytize (try to convert), promote faith belief, or require students to pray or join any religious activity.
All Our Children partnerships respect the law and monitor their volunteers. Their services and activities are available to all children, without regard to religious affiliation, if any.
To read more about this important topic, see this article from one of the country’s largest teachers unions.
What’s your position on charter schools?
We support excellent publicly funded education for all children. As we see it, charter schools are not available for all children, and often exclude those who are learning English, recently arrived immigrants, students from non-literate families, or those struggling with multiple learning, social-emotional and behavioral needs. Therefore we do not see charter schools as a sustainable path toward excellent education to all children.
I know of an amazing education program, will you support it?
We do not endorse individual educational programs.
Note: Many of our tools and resources emerge out of the Christian tradition, and use Christian language and imagery. They can be easily adapted to other religions and faith traditions, which we encourage. Please send your adaptations to us at Info@AllOurChildren.org, so we can circulate them and grow the network.