The first ever S.T.E.P. Parent Conference – Its On! Its this coming Saturday, November 22, 2008. I’m not expecting a sell-out crowd, and that’s a shame! The aim of the conference is to orient parents of students who are dreaming big, to the realities of engaging in a “World Class Education”- the new education policy direction for the incoming Obama administration. What does the term mean? How will it change the attitude of school administrators and instructors? How will it change the focus of instruction? How will it benefit the businesses in our communities and will our children be equipped and ready to compete for the new jobs? As parents, what do we need to do to ensure our children are not being “left behind” -and what exactly does the term “left behind” mean in this context? These are a few of the conversations we must have in our Parent Association gatherings, and this is a conference to launch these conversations. But again, we are not quite there yet, so I’m not expecting a sell-out audience – I hope I will be pleasantly surprised.