The idea for this event emerged out of a GEM steering committee meeting in Feb. We postponed once because the UFT announced it would be doing some protest on March 15 which turned out to be the usual nothing.
The Change the Stakes committee has evolved into a strong parent influenced group with a lot of opt-out action. Leonie has some good stuff about it: NYC Teacher supports parents opting their children out of standardized testing and wishes she could as well!
And The Assailed Teacher also posted: The New Civil Disobedience
A great panel has been recruited headlined by Carol Burris and joined by NYC teacher/writers/bloggers Gary Rubinstein (see his blog) and Arthur Goldstein and joined by leading parent activist Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters. After the panel speaks we will try to come up with strategies for fight back.
Julie Cavanagh will moderate. Independent filmmaker and reporter Jaisal Noor and I will be taping (I will also be doing interviews for our new film on high stakes testing. See my interview with Diane Ravitch.)
This is not just a sit, listen and ask a question event but has a working component to develop strategies to create the kind of rational policy we are not seeing out of the UFT and NYSUT.
NEW SPEAKER ADDED: Khalilah Bran, Teacher, Bushwick Community High School, a school threatened with closure: Bushwick Community High School’s supporters protested its planned turnaround. (GothamSchools, NY1).
More on BCHS:
a forum on testing, teacher evaluations and our schools
Come to a Meeting to Discuss: Why are the new teacher evaluations bad for teachers, students, and families?
L.I. Principal, one of the co-authors of the principals’ letter against evaluating teachers by student test scores, which has been signed by nearly 1,400 New York principals.
parent activist and Exec. Director of Class Size Matters
Math teacher at Stuyvesant High School and critical analyst of the Teacher Data Reports
E.S.L. teacher and chapter leader at Francis Lewis High School in Queens