This month begins a very critical time for education reform. Congressional negotiations over the federal budget and the funding levels for the U.S. Department of Education are ongoing. The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind, is starting to ramp up. President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are out on the road campaigning for education during what the president is calling “Education Month” at the White House. At the same time, it is vitally important for teachers, school administrators, community advocates, business leaders, local government officials and others to be plugged into these conversations. Together, America’s Promise Alliance, the Alliance for Excellent Education, and United Way Worldwide are working together to activate these individuals in a movement to turn around the lowest-performing schools and raise high school graduation rates. On March 14, these three organizations hosted a webinar on two upcoming education events. During the webinar, Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise set the political environment during which these important conversations are occurring. Marguerite W. Kondracke, president and CEO, America’s Promise Alliance, and Stacey D. Stewart, executive vice president of community impact, United Way Worldwide, discussed their organization’s efforts to ensure that more Americans are plugged into this conversation and they talked about how you can make sure your voice is heard.