Friday, April 9, 2010

Class Size Matters Citywide Parent Conference -Saturday April 10


School of the Future

127 E. 22 St. (betw. Park and Lexington)

9:30 AM: Registration

10-10:50 AM: The crisis in overcrowding, Kindergarten waitlists and what can be done; Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters; CM Robert Jackson, chair, Education Committee, NY City Council; Noah Gotbaum, CEC D3.

11-11:50 AM: Workshop sessions (pick one)

Rights and responsibilities of Community Education Councils, including how to do your own rezoning: Shino Tanikawa, CEC D2; Lisa Donlan, CEC D1; and Monica Major, CEC D11.

How to advocate for your school and reach out to the media: Jaime Estades, PS 84K; Julie Cavanagh C.A.P.E. (Concerned Advocates for Public Education); Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters.

Toxic schools: Dawn Philip, NY Lawyers for Public Interest and Susan Ryan, public school parent.

12 noon- 12:45 PM: break for lunch.

1:00-1:50 PM: Building bridges with charter school parents; Mona Davids, NY Charter Parents Association, Leslie-Ann Byfield, Achievement First parent, Khem Irby, CEC District 13, and Dianne Johnson, CEC District 5.

2:00-2:50 PM: Workshop sessions (pick one)

How to ensure your special education child receives the services s/he needs: Ellen McHugh, Parent to Parent NY State; Tara Foster, Queens Legal Services: Danielle Mowery, The International Dyslexia Association.

PTAs, School Leadership Teams, and the new Chancellor’s regulations: Lisa Donlan, CEC D1; Paola de Kock, former Stuyvesant PA president; Muba Yarofulani, D18 Presidents Council.

Title 1 and parent involvement: Khem Irby, CEC District 13.

Wrap-up

3-3:30 PM: Action agenda and report back from workshops

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