Our mission.

Our mission is to ensure that independent schools promote a culture that values and prioritizes true diversity of thought, freedom of discourse, and self-expression.

Parents are wondering how all independent schools are ensuring diversity of thought. Accreditors have a unique opportunity to shine by becoming leaders in the “diversity of thought” space. Heads of Schools have been overwhelmed by both the pandemic and perceived pressure to respond to societal issues. School leadership should be focused on running their schools to ensure that the educational environment benefits all their students. Parents United believes that our New England accreditors can use its unique position to provide this support and become a model for all independent schools.

How we do it.


We aim to shed light on regional accreditation organizations and how they shape content and conversations at their member schools.


We are committed to keeping you updated about this important work and connecting you to our community and helpful resources.


We are committed to speaking on behalf of parents, students, and educators to ensure diversity of thought is upheld at AISNE member schools.  


Our story.

Parents United began as a group of parents who care deeply about independent schools and are grateful to have been students, parents, volunteers, and Trustees. Collectively we have noticed a common culture shift in so many different school communities. This movement was initiated by our desire to ensure our children's voices are valued, and that they are taught how to critically think and engage in civil discourse. We are all deeply committed to the independent school community in New England and desire to see the work of Parents United impact students and families. 

Executive Director

Ashley Jacobs

Advisory Board 

Jean Egan

Ally Achtmeyer

Remy Stressenger

Our national partners. 

These organizations have come alongside Parents United to help us fulfill our mission. 

"The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity."


"The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities."


"1776 Unites represents a nonpartisan and intellectually diverse alliance of writers, thinkers, and activists focused on solutions to our country’s greatest challenges in education, culture, and upward mobility."