The Network for Public Education held its first annual conference at the LBJ Center of the University of Texas in Austin.

It was an amazing gathering of some 400 activists from across the nation: students, teachers, parents, principals, superintendents, journalists, union leaders.

Many familiar names, bloggers everywhere, interspersed with state and local heroes, people fighting for kids and public schools.

I gave the keynote address on the second day. It was called “Why We Will Win!” (The link has two parts.)

I can sum up my message in two points.

1. We will win because everything these faux reformers are doing is failing or has already failed. You can’t succeed if everything you do fails.

2. We will win because the tide is turning as students, teachers, parents, and communities organize to fight high-stakes testing and privatization.

Watch and enjoy!