Saturday, March 10, 2012

Common Core Snake in the Grass - District 2 Forum on Common Core

Many people have been warning about the next snake in the grass being promoted by the Gates crowd and being sold by Tweed and 52 Broadway -- the perfect tandem that provides a warning to be ready to oppose it. With Debbie Meier on the panel and CEC head Shino Tanikawa we can expect to see an honest expose. 

I would go but there is another interesting event at the Brooklyn New School on the evaluation system. (See below Shino's announcement). This a real good sign of increasing parent activism on a number of fronts.

Please circulate as widely as possible.  You need not be a D2 parent to attend this event! Shino

District 2 Community Education Council & Presidents Council
Common Core Standards:
from Theory to Practice

Understand how the implementation of the new learning standards
will impact your child’s education
Monday, March 19, 2012
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Spruce Street School Auditorium (PS397)

12 Spruce Street in Lower Manhattan

The panel will address:
·         How the Common Core standards enhance or limit the curriculum
·         What schools need to successfully implement the Common Core
Panelists include (list in formation):
·         Deborah Meier, Senior Scholar at NYU Steinhardt, recipient of McArthur genius award, founder of Central Park East
·         Sophia Pappas, Early Childhood Division, NYC Department of Education
·         Adele Schroeter, Principal, PS59
Please join us for a lively evening and bring your own questions to the panel! 
Childcare and refreshments available starting at 6:15pm. This event is free.
For more information, contact Linda Lumpkin at 212- 356-3915 or


Brooklyn New School Mar. 19, 6:30

Got an email from Liza Featherstone, an excellent writer for The Brooklyn Rail:

save the date save the date save the date save the date save the date save the date

What does high stakes testing mean for
our children? 
our teachers? 
our schools?

MONDAY, MARCH 19 at 6:30pm 
Education reporter Meredith Kolodner (Daily News, InsideSchools) will moderate a panel discussion with distinguished guests.
Shael Polakow-Suransky Chief Accountability Officer of the NYC Dept. of Education

Sean Feeney Principal of the Wheatley School and Author of the New York Principals APPR Position Paper

 Elijah Hawkes, Former Principal of The James Baldwin Expeditionary Learning Schoo 
If interested in CHILDCARE and PIZZA (starting at 6 PM, $5 suggested donation), RSVP to 
F or G to Carroll St. station, exit 2nd Place 
presented by PS 29 & the Brooklyn New School

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